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Renting an illustrator for your children's book (and when to let go) - Emily Grosvenor |
It is not difficult - I am the first man in the whole wide universe to announce that my children's book Tic salation! was created because of the excellent artwork. If it hadn't had breathtaking artwork, it would never have had the unbelievable kind of live it has, first on Kickstarter and now in release.
As a matter of fact, I think my book would have been languishing in my desktop for the remainder of my entire career if I hadn't seen one of those deceitful Facebook advertisements for typing Webinars that promise to show you how to type a book in 24hrs, have it published on Kindle and monitor the scroll in.
I' d already wrote the text for the song about a year and a half earlier and the drawing was noticeable. So what if I hire someone to help me understand my work? Fiverr has a whole sub-category dedicated to illustrating children's books. There I began to explore the current offerings and example work of illustrations all over the globe.
This is a book of maths about a little gal hiding in tessellation patter. While I knew that I wanted to work with the illustrator who was working on Tessalation! in watercolors - my own fondness for children's literature - I also knew that she had to have the ability to rend the tesselated pages.
Took me five mins to find my illustrator. The Taigabluet has a beautiful manga-influenced look, portrays kids in an exciting way and her signature was a snow flake pattern. At about $25 per page for each of the pictures and more for the artwork. Per Tip #1: Always order samples to see if the illustrator can display your book in a way that fits your visions.
Well, I didn't give Taigabluet a ton of illustrative material. So I asked the little maid to be half Asiatic and hide in the mosaics, with space on the pages cropped out for the text. Respect for the artist in my book means to understand that the end result is a teamwork. When I' m writing, what I have in my head is not what the reader has in his head when he reads.
It was my intention to provide the illustrator with a certain amount of interpretation. Per Tip #2: A good illustrator will raise the text above the author's best ideas and give the text added value by not taking everything in vow. Divide your illustration throughout the entire production and include the quantity!
So I ordered the remainder of the pages to illustrate and spend the next few days waited and wondered what this was going to be. However, it wasn't long before two of my very good friend mentions that my book was a great candidate for Kickstarter, the audience promotion podium. Back to the illustration.
It is important to see how the picture can increase the work, so I will briefly review one of my favourite pages, p. 3. In my Taigabluet memos I said that she will go outside on this page where she will meet fungi, pisces, leaves and tortoises on the following pages.
All I could have hoped for this page was that Tess would look agitated to go outside, perhaps a little concerned, and that the colours would mirror the colour range on the remaining pages. On this page you can see the remainder of the book, but also the items that will be published later.
- but it works because it mirrors how kids can see, recall or enjoy nature. Per Tip #4: The illustrator should have a different view from your own, and that's fine. If I had to ask the illustrator again, I'd be clearer where the text should appear on the pages.
I' ve hired my brother-in-law Jeff Diesburg to do the graphics and combine text and visual. He has brightened up some of the areas where text will appear, selected the beautiful Maiandra typeface we used, and done the Tessellations manual that will appear in the book. Per Tip #5: Give recognition for all the work that goes into a book.
I' m so grateful to Taigabluet and Jeff that they made this book a real one. Without her, it wouldn't be a book. My last tip for working with an illustrator/graphic designer is to keep in mind that they are as much the creator of your book as you are.
Make up for them completely and thank them wherever you can by linking to their websites, as well as their information in all your advertising material.