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Includes 7 hints for the illustration of a children's illustrated book by "Make a Face" Illustratorin.
I' ve always wanted to make a children's book illustrated, as long as I can recall. There' definitely something magic about making your own visible universe to be shared. A little over a year ago I had no clue how to make a children's book, and the thought of ever getting a book deal seemed unlikely.
I am now working on this article as an illustrated book - my début book "Make a Face" is now with an unbelievable independant children's publishing house, Power! I wanted to tell the illustration behind this book in this article. We hope other illustrated artists with the same dreams of living their own histories and thoughts in a children's book will find this article useful.
Not to ramble much further, here are my seven unveilings from the illustration of a book, on the basis of the lesson I learned while working on "Make a Face". Present your work - get your work out there! There are several ways to get your first work. When I was lying in my bedroom and recovered from a bicycle crash, I got an e-mail with an estimate from my editor - real one.
I got my book deal when my journalist found out about my work through the scwi portfolios! If you want to show your work to prospective customers, the simplest way is to join a non-profit organization like the Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). As soon as you have registered, make sure that you are uploading a sample of your designs to a "Portfolio" section.
You can also publish directly to publishing houses or visit fairs such as the Bologna children's book fair. Begin by looking beyond your own nose. As soon as my agreement was in order and everything was in order, the real work on the illustration of the book could begin.
Ricardo Alegria Jr. wrote words for my storybooks, who has a really great feeling for rhythms and tempo. I like to work with texts that have been composed by someone else. Because of my experience in graphics my book projects begin with a general page organization that decides which words are distributed to which pages.
You' ll only get 32 pages in a standard children's book, and that will include cover pages and a cover page. I think my editors did a good piece of work by reading the text and making a pagemap. While some lyrics had to be sacrificially fun and interesting, sometimes you have to be reckless to make sure that the definitive lay-out is consistent and easily understood.
As soon as you have an impression of what is on each page, it's a good moment to do the most interesting part - outline the graph! That was when the delay started and I was looking for 100s of ways to divert me instead of getting right to work on the work.
So when I was sitting down to make the drawings, I chose not to think about the pressures of making an end result, but just to have a good time while doing something I like the most - just to dream, create funny figures and imagine what they would look like. After all, on a long trip by rail to Scotland, I outlined the entire plant - and it was great.
It was boring and I was beginning to feel the enthusiasm for illustration going down the toilet. At first I found that I liked to focus on the single paintings, so I only drew different figures and flowers for a few short time. Most of them found their way into my book.
I really found this a worthwhile exercise, as I was able to quickly respond to my editor's proofreading wishes. I made changes in the lay-out and even some of the characters until the last phase of the book and I could approach them without much perspiration from my side.
I was frightened and excited to write this book. It was a confusion on some occasions and there were small wins and unveilings on some of them. When I got my first book deal, did I already have it? But I didn't have the feeling that my investment was 100% (50%?......) flawless.
I' m saying this because I think you should begin to do things you like even if you don't like it. If you are completely and completely prepared, the ideal date could never be there. You can get your work out of there now! Learning to deal with where you are.
When I finished this job, I felt from the beginning that I was years ahead in skill and self-esteem. I was not fully ready for one thing: a timeframe for the creation of a book. The entire process from beginning to end took almost a year!
I' ve never worked on a long one. So the inner perfectist came in and asked me to make more changes and make it better. Simultaneously, another part of me knew that I should appreciate the work it does and thus be comfortable. And the problem with imperfectionism is that it keeps you from getting the results of your work that are really good!
I am therefore pleased that I finally found a place to let go and be content with my first book! The illustration of children's photo albums is an interesting thing. Here, too, please tell us about your experiences in creating your image-book.