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How to Be a Children’s Book Illustrator

How to Be a Children’s Book Illustrator

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Discover how top children’s illustrators portray characters, narratives, and themes through the art of visual storytelling in this uniquely practical and inspirational handbook. Indispensable techniques are revealed alongside captivating illustrated examples, while in-depth sample stories show how the professionals approach their work. There are even tips for artists who want to write the story too!

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Discover how top children’s illustrators portray characters, narratives, and themes through the art of visual storytelling in this uniquely practical and inspirational handbook.

You'll learn indispensable techniques with the help of captivating illustrated examples in the detailed theory chapters, then go behind the scenes with eight specially commissioned sample stories, each illustrated by a top children’s artist, who also gives insight into their design process. There are even tips for artists who want to write the story, too!

• Step into your readers’ (very small!) shoes to understand the impact of age-group and background for relatable, inclusive results.
• Plan and fill pages that flow with effortless pacing, consistency, and detail that make the hundredth bedtime reading just as engaging as the first!
• Tune into the author’s storytelling techniques to illustrate narrative devices such as humor, conflict, suspense, and symbolism.
• Transform design fundamentals into an enchanting experience with clever color choices, real-world references, and emotive typography.
• Explore potential paths into the industry, building a portfolio, working with publishers and self-publishing, plus legal considerations.

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Hardback with dust jacket 268 pages
Dimensions: 270mm x 230mm
Paper quality: Full colour premium paper pages
ISBN:978-1-912843-19-0

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This book features a set of four reference postcards, while stocks last.

Contents and contributors

 

Foreword
by Chris Chatterton
Introduction
by Ruth Hammond
Considering your Audience
by Ruth Hammond
Illustrating an Ongoing Narrative
by Ruth Hammond
Telling the Story
by Ruth Hammond
Engagement
by Ruth Hammond
Working with Words
by Ruth Hammond
Illustration as a Profession
by Ruth Hammond
Troubleshooting
by Ruth Hammond
Sample Stories Written
by Greg dobbins
A Dog and a Cat and a Frog (0–24 months)
Illustrated by Cris Ramos
This Is Me (2–4 years)
Illustrated by Dapo Adeola
Captain Cat and the Pirate Puppies (2–4 years)
Illustrated by Saoirse Lou
Splodge! (4–6 years)
Illustrated by Dom "Scruffy" Murphy
Fred the Fish (4–6 years)
Illustrated by Laura Proietti
Super Vegetable Boy (4–6 years)
Illustrated by Aurélien Galvan
Florence the Talking Carrot (6–8 years)
Illustrated by Kyle Beckett
I Am Not a Tree Climber (6–8 years)
Illustrated by Kate Pellerin "POOPIKAT"
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