Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 4, 2009

When Book Illustrations Sing

marblefairyAuthor/illustrator Patricia Saxton recently wrote on her blog her ideas of what makes the illustrations in a picture book sing.  Patricia says, “It all begins with drawing,” and asks, “How do you bring life to an illustration?”  Just because you can draw the perfect rose, doesn’t mean you have captured the story.  This is where skill and vision team up.  The point of book or editorial illustration is to capture the essence of a story or an idea.  It’s vital to grasp the mood of a piece, and like a detective, illustrators need to look for what’s going on between the lines, then bring to light the key ingredients of content, color, tone and style.  While illustrations may – and often do – steal the show, their real role is one of support.  Patricia points out the importance of finding your own style and allowing your own individuality to shine through. 

Click here to read all of Patricia’s words.  And don’t miss stopping by her website to see her illustrations and her new bookfairy_cover_sm


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