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The successful book illustrator starts by understanding his author's flight of fancy, then rendering the ideas and actions imaginatively in pictorial terms. This unusual and inspiring book was written for art students and ambitious beginners. It instructs on methods of developing both imaginative powers and the technical artistic skills to produce high quality illustration The successful book illustrator starts by understanding his author's flight of fancy, then rendering the ideas and actions imaginatively in pictorial terms. This unusual and inspiring book was written for art students and ambitious beginners. It instructs on methods of developing both imaginative powers and the technical artistic skills to produce high quality illustrations that will please authors and children s book editors. Separate chapters focus on: Media, materials, and techniques Developing different drawing styles to fit specific storytelling methods Instilling visual personality traits in story characters Creating effective sequential images for storyboards and picture book outlines Design, typography, and preparation for print Illustrating story books for older children Illustrating nonfiction and educational books Breaking into the children s book publishing business Here is solid, practical instruction for students of book illustration, enhanced with more than 250 how-to illustrations in color and black-and-white.


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The successful book illustrator starts by understanding his author's flight of fancy, then rendering the ideas and actions imaginatively in pictorial terms. This unusual and inspiring book was written for art students and ambitious beginners. It instructs on methods of developing both imaginative powers and the technical artistic skills to produce high quality illustration The successful book illustrator starts by understanding his author's flight of fancy, then rendering the ideas and actions imaginatively in pictorial terms. This unusual and inspiring book was written for art students and ambitious beginners. It instructs on methods of developing both imaginative powers and the technical artistic skills to produce high quality illustrations that will please authors and children s book editors. Separate chapters focus on: Media, materials, and techniques Developing different drawing styles to fit specific storytelling methods Instilling visual personality traits in story characters Creating effective sequential images for storyboards and picture book outlines Design, typography, and preparation for print Illustrating story books for older children Illustrating nonfiction and educational books Breaking into the children s book publishing business Here is solid, practical instruction for students of book illustration, enhanced with more than 250 how-to illustrations in color and black-and-white.

30 review for Illustrating Children's Books: Creating Pictures for Publication

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    A great book if you're interesting in illustrating children's books (and seriously, good luck). This book breaks down many of the aspects you need to consider when illustrating for books. Each chapter it loaded with illustrations and examples of what you should do. There are also several case studies featuring successful illustrators, giving insights into their methods.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sally

    I wanted to get an overview of what is involved in creating a book for publication and this satisfied that very well. This book by Martin Salisbury is paced very well, with a lot of examples of different illustrators and approaches. He is very knowledgeable about the craft, business and is an illustrator himself. If you are hoping to get an in-depth treatise on illustration, then this book isn't for you. You may be better off looking at "Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Childre I wanted to get an overview of what is involved in creating a book for publication and this satisfied that very well. This book by Martin Salisbury is paced very well, with a lot of examples of different illustrators and approaches. He is very knowledgeable about the craft, business and is an illustrator himself. If you are hoping to get an in-depth treatise on illustration, then this book isn't for you. You may be better off looking at "Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children's Books" by Uri Schulevitz (written in 1985). I will probably use this book as a reference - it is very good to flip through and get some ideas if you are trying to do some illustrating and are stuck.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda Robinson

    This is a synopsis guide for the student artist. I have yet to get that if a book has color throughout, and is a teaching tool, the print is going to be hard to read. There was a lot of thought given to design of the interior, and that makes it harder to read. This is a taste of various media, with plentiful examples of sketching on location, from memory, motion studies; but there is too much "everything you ever wanted to know about pictures" in one book. The art tends preponderously to the Gol This is a synopsis guide for the student artist. I have yet to get that if a book has color throughout, and is a teaching tool, the print is going to be hard to read. There was a lot of thought given to design of the interior, and that makes it harder to read. This is a taste of various media, with plentiful examples of sketching on location, from memory, motion studies; but there is too much "everything you ever wanted to know about pictures" in one book. The art tends preponderously to the Golden Age style of illustration, although the copyright date is 2004. The credits are a nightmare - try searching for the book referenced on page 47 with an illustration by Graham Handley. For a beginner, a student, a person interested in the field, this book is a dandy catchall, if you're looking for an overview.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This book is an enjoyable general overview of illustration, with everything from a history of picture books to various illustration techniques. I particularly like his ideas about observational drawing and transforming those ideas into stories, and the chapter on character development.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kate Merriman

    Beautifully printed, lots of wonderful visuals and inspiration in this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Groves

    Very inspiring books with case studies and examples. Interesting for a novice to get some idea of what is involved and covers lots of topics perhaps not in great depth or detail though.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rachelle

    I would give this book an even higher rating, but 'Writing with Pictures' trumps it as a comprehensive overview of narrative illustration, so it gets a well-deserved four-star silver.

  8. 4 out of 5

    La Lin

    Even though this book was published in the early 2000s, it still covers a wide range of invaluable information for children's book illustrators. I jotted down many helpful notes while reading, there are some techniques/ the process of book-making that I'd never heard of. • My favourite chapter is the making of novelties and pop-ups, what an interesting challenge! You can surely find a lot of these things on the internet but the book serves as a good checklist to review all the basic skills Even though this book was published in the early 2000s, it still covers a wide range of invaluable information for children's book illustrators. I jotted down many helpful notes while reading, there are some techniques/ the process of book-making that I'd never heard of. • My favourite chapter is the making of novelties and pop-ups, what an interesting challenge! You can surely find a lot of these things on the internet but the book serves as a good checklist to review all the basic skills and a good overview of all the possibilities you have as a book illustrator.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lilly

    This is a nice, thorough book detailing many aspects of illustration for children's books - from a history of the medium to various artistic techniques and industry advice. It's fascinating and has lots of cool little footnotes and annotations peppered in to give it a nice coffee table book/journal combo feel. A great overview with plenty of varied and beautiful illustrations to look at.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Charlee-Ann Ellis

    A little outdated in parts perhaps, but as this was the only book on illustrating children's books my library had I'm really happy to have read it. It breaks everything down into easily digested sections meaning you can skip over any that are irrelevant to you. It's informative, visual, and just really helpful and accessible to someone without a degree in art or illustration.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Hussaya

    It is an informative book which shows the big scope of children book making. I like the variety of different children book sample.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I like the step by step in this book. I might keep this in mind for any kids books I may write...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    read for college

  14. 5 out of 5

    Josh Anderson

    This book is very thorough and can guide someone from the history of Children's Books, to how to draw and use various mediums and techniques all the way through attempting to get published. It's giving me a lot of starting points and showed me what I need to work on in my own endeavors in illustration. The one drawback, at least for someone like me, is that I don't seek a book like this to learn how to draw or paint, but in order to know what steps I need to take to get published. This book just This book is very thorough and can guide someone from the history of Children's Books, to how to draw and use various mediums and techniques all the way through attempting to get published. It's giving me a lot of starting points and showed me what I need to work on in my own endeavors in illustration. The one drawback, at least for someone like me, is that I don't seek a book like this to learn how to draw or paint, but in order to know what steps I need to take to get published. This book just touched on that at the very end of the book. It's good info, but there are still questions when you're done reading the book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Belcky

    Well-rounded book that has a bit of everything from history to publishing, even if it is a bit dated now. This was never required reading in college, but it was recommended and the instructors did provide us with excerpts. I liked the excerpts so I bought the text, though I was too busy to ever read it through until now. Turns out the excerpts held all the most enlightening parts, and I personally found the rest of the book had too much focus on drawing from life and different types of media... Well-rounded book that has a bit of everything from history to publishing, even if it is a bit dated now. This was never required reading in college, but it was recommended and the instructors did provide us with excerpts. I liked the excerpts so I bought the text, though I was too busy to ever read it through until now. Turns out the excerpts held all the most enlightening parts, and I personally found the rest of the book had too much focus on drawing from life and different types of media... things that are, for someone who's been through art school, a bit redundant (though I agree they are important for any illustration career). If you're looking for a book that deals specifically with how to get published alone, I'd say pick up a Writer's Market or join the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and browse their online content. I wish I had read it in my first couple of years of art school. Students and new hobbyists would find it useful, so I would still recommend it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sebah Al-Ali

    لا أجيد الرسم، لكن وددت الإطلاع على الكتاب من باب التعرف على الفن ذاته و ركائزه. الكتاب نفسه لطيف، يتحدث عن الرسم بشكل عام، ثم يتطرق للعوامل التي تحدد الرسم لكتب الأطفال منها الشخصيات و الأفكار و كيف يؤثر كل ذلك في الرسم أو يتأثر به. أعجبني اقتباسا لرسام أورده الكاتب في المقدمة التاريخية للرسم: "At the Cambridge School of Art it was drummed into us that we should not move, eat, drink, or sleep without a sketchbook in the hand. Consequently, the habit of looking and drawing became لا أجيد الرسم، لكن وددت الإطلاع على الكتاب من باب التعرف على الفن ذاته و ركائزه. الكتاب نفسه لطيف، يتحدث عن الرسم بشكل عام، ثم يتطرق للعوامل التي تحدد الرسم لكتب الأطفال منها الشخصيات و الأفكار و كيف يؤثر كل ذلك في الرسم أو يتأثر به. أعجبني اقتباسا لرسام أورده الكاتب في المقدمة التاريخية للرسم: "At the Cambridge School of Art it was drummed into us that we should not move, eat, drink, or sleep without a sketchbook in the hand. Consequently, the habit of looking and drawing became as natural as breathing." --Ronald Searle فكرة معايشة الشيء على مدار الساعة تستحق التفكر/التأمل. قرأت مرة أن الطنطاوي رحمه الله كان دائما في يده مذكرة صغيرة وقلم، كلما لاحظ شيئا أو طرأت له فكرة، دونها بشكل مختصر. و للجوزي أيضا كتاب بعنوان "صيد الخاطر" إن لم تخني الذاكرة، أيضا سلك فيه نفس الأسلوب بتدوين كل ما يخطر على باله بشكل دوري.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tandava Brahmachari

    I skimmed some of the parts that I knew I wasn't interested in or that didn't apply to me, but overall there's a lot of good stuff in here. Lots of examples not only of published illustrations but also of preliminary sketches, mock-ups, etc. This makes it also a good source for illustrator names to go find at the library for further investigation. I would have liked more in-depth coverage on some topics and less on others, but it actually does a very good job of evenly covering probably every as I skimmed some of the parts that I knew I wasn't interested in or that didn't apply to me, but overall there's a lot of good stuff in here. Lots of examples not only of published illustrations but also of preliminary sketches, mock-ups, etc. This makes it also a good source for illustrator names to go find at the library for further investigation. I would have liked more in-depth coverage on some topics and less on others, but it actually does a very good job of evenly covering probably every aspect of the job.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Candelar

    I know so little about the field of illustration that, to me, this book was awesome! Tons of information, style description, colorful examples, and even some tips to get published. I definitely learned more on the topic than I ever expected.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Hoskins

    This was recommended by quality published children's book illustrators. I love the cover. Actually bought a copy, but I think it will stay in the basement until I throw it out and move into an old lady residence - condo?

  20. 5 out of 5

    Srinidhi.R Srinidhi.R

    I liked the book a lot..

  21. 4 out of 5

    Katie Rogers

    A great dive into the world of illustrating for children's books. I may have to purchase this book as I get more serious about this endeavor.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Angeline Lee

    Fantastic intro book for beginner artists. Very enjoyable to read, with plenty of illustrations and practical tips to help you get started!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    Not quite as hands-on as Uri's Shulevitz's book, but still a lovely overview of children's book illustration, with an emphasis on the British side of things.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Didi

    Good overview.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia khoury

    It was informative, as it had a bit of history on illustrating children's books and it listed different techniques.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tatum Clinton-Selin

    True, it would have benefitted from a proofreader.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Melusine Parry

    This is an absolutely excellent book, richly illustrated, which gives a perfect overview of different styles and techniques and even includes a part on getting your work formated for publication.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gineen

    LOVED IT. great and very informative book

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kris McCracken

    A really useful guide for anyone thinking about getting into the craft. Watch this space!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Odd Duck

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