Tips for Illustrating Children’s Books

February 8, 2018

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Tips for Illustrating Children’s Books

Illustrations are mostly used in children’s books. This is because children are always fond of going through the colorful pages and enjoying the stories with the illustrations. Cartoon illustrations provide new faces to the characters in a story and the happiness that the little ones feel when their favorite characters are given shape and life cannot be merely mentioned by words.

Children are also impatient in reading stories. They love to go through the story in a quick glance when it is provided in the form of illustrations. Any author with the need for publishing children’s books and magazines consider the illustrator as the backbone for the success of their works. Therefore, it is important to get the right illustrator capable of grabbing quick attention of children and keeping them immersed in their illustrations without boring or annoying them. Some publishers ask their authors only to get the contents or manuscript of the stories or articles to be done with perfection and not to illustrate their writings. This may be because they wish to keep a good illustrator who can complement the writing with accurate illustrations. But some others allow the authors to create illustrations for their own works. Most of the authors are skilled at creating targeted illustrations for their work. And if they are not that talented to create illustrations, but does magic in attracting children with their writings, the publishers are forced to hire good illustrators to help them out in their work.

As compared to creating illustrations for articles, journals or medical writings, the job of creating illustrations for children’s book is a skillful and long time consuming task. It requires great inspiration and the art of imagination and creativity to give accurate shapes and faces to the characters in a children’s book. Art supplies are mandatory for illustrating children’s books. There are numerous mediums to choose for creating your illustrations such as the colorful acrylic medium or the paper cut illustrations. You can also use canvas, paper or any suitable support for those medium. You can also add color to the illustrations with dark markers, color pencils, water colors, pastels etc. You can also add themes and styles to your drawings according to your imagination. Always read the story carefully and mock up rough sketches before drawing them on the canvas.

 

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