How to make a Children's BookMaking a children's book
MAKING A KIDS BOOK #3: INTERVIEWS WITH ILLUSTRATOR GUS GORDON
I' m fortunate to be working with him on the My Life catalog. The third part of my blogseries " How to Make a Children's Book " gives Gus an in-depth look into his own book. If you get the "My Life" tales and begin to reading them, what is your visualization of the plot related to?
At first I started with the whole script (which is kind of important) from the beginning to the end. Once I've ceased to tremble and thoroughly recover from this first book, I begin to study again, only this year I try to think that I'm actually Tom Weekly (that's the creepy part and why I have been in counseling most of last year).
As soon as my mind has become Tom's mind, it's just a matter of what Tom comes up with, of what he reads, draws and sees. Once I was recruited to underwrite all the personnel of a department in a general assurance firm. When you were a child, what were your favorite children's literature? As a child my favorite children's literature was Harry The Dirty Dog by Gene Zion (illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham), Thewind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham, Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain and all by Richard Scarry.
So how much of you are in your Tom Weekly artwork? Could you give us some advice that might help children to design their own picture book from the convenience of their own home? Draw up a general outline of the storyline you want to tell and make sure that your protagonist (or characters) has an interesting trip, whether it's a big one or a small one.
Sometime in the history a dilemma has to be fixed or a dilemma has to be fixed (nothing is more dull than a person who gets everything he wants). Remember the history's texture; a powerful beginning, a gripping center and a worthwhile end. Just keep your storyline straightforward (the best storylines are easy stories).
Type your own storyline by using your words economically; 300 words or less over 16 pages, without your front and back covers. Just think that your illustration tells most stories and the text is just the adhesive that holds it together. First outline the illustration with small thumbnails until you have found out what you want to do.
Making a small'dummy' book out of A4-copier. On each page, paint your images and leave enough space for your text. You' ve just written a book of images! Ensure that your camouflage is appealing and welcoming. Regardless of what some folks say, you CAN evaluate a book by its bind!
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