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Illustrating a Children's Book - How To - Artists & illustrators
As I was asked by Random House to illustrate the writer Jane Clarke's Knight Time storyline, the challenging part was to portray the two protagonists, Little Knight and Little Dragon, who were really charming. I was quickly inspired by the character. That Little Knight was loose with my own boy.
I have always been attracted to illustrate kids long before I had my own, but it is now simpler to have credentials every where. As I illustrate animals, I still think of them as little kids, when I think of their language and deeds.
The nightly forest scene frightened me a bit more at the beginning, because I had never tried anything like that before. Disney's Giant History Book. When I was a kid I was always fascinated, but also very frightened by the tree in the story'Babes in Toyland'. Not only does a publishers give me the history, but they often create a briefing in writing in which they suggest what they and the writer should do with each distribution.
A number of lyrics are self-explanatory, but it is often hard to read the text alone, because the illustration also helps to tell the tale. Publishers choose which text goes to which page and suggest whether it is a "full section" (a singular picture to the side of the page), two independent pictures or a row of smaller stickers.
What I like is the fact that I can keep track of the designs and adapt them every single one. First of all I like to think of the surroundings of the character, but also of other side actors - in this case all forest-crafts. At this point the publishing house shows the picture material to the writer.