I found this article helpful; I hope you do too. Beryl
By Diana Zipeto
For years I have worked as an artist, with dreams of being a children’s book illustrator. At last year’s New England SCBWI conference in Springfield, Massachusetts, I had the opportunity for a portfolio review with Candlewick Press Art Director Kristen Nobles. Among the many great tips and feedback she gave me, she told me my characters needed to be more specific.
It was a great bit of info, as I had been working on creating children’s market illustrations for a while in somewhat of a generic way.
When I started thinking of doing children’s book illustration, I was doing large still-life paintings of objects. Not so fun, not kid-oriented, not even illustration!
Then, I started trying to piece together illustrations.
This one had some actual characters in it, but it was not so clear or fun and it took about a thousand years to create. It…
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