Wednesday, September 26, 2012

What I've Learned About Children's Publishing So Far

I'm happy to say I'm now in the final stages of the children's book I am illustrating. I feel lucky to have broken into this market. This is why I have been absent from my blogs lately. It's been a lot of work so far and a HUGE learning process that will be ongoing. So here a small list I've what I've learned so far! 

1. Ask lots of questions and then ask some more- 
Taking on a book is a pretty big deal so its good to keep open ideas, dialogue and questions flowing. The more you ask, the easier your job is going to be. 

2. Have a colour palette set aside-
I'm a fairly organized person when it comes to projects. I like an organized desk and I like to have an idea of what colours I'll be using on a regular basis. This serves two functions: It takes the guess work out and it helps me track how much paint I'll need throughout the process. For more ideas on this look here: Illustration Tip- Creating A Colour Palette For Reference

3. Get all the deets-
The book contract is one thing but all the little details are what is going to keep you on the book rails. Big details include size, bleeds, preferred colours, room for text, how many pages-these are very important details to know early on.

4. Stay in touch-
Once you begin the big work stage, don't forget to check in every once and a while. Don't disapear from the scene just because you are busy. Come up for air and let them know you are still around.

5. Show some progress-
The images I am working on are too big for me to scan fully so I have been taking process shots and finished shots. Its nice to keep your publishing team involved in the process plus it can also prevent issues before the final work is sent off. Asking for feedback as you go can help save you time, frustration and many revisions. 

6. Give yourself lots of time to complete the illustrations- 
Tacking on extra time to complete your book task is a good code to create by. If you know the due date is in two months do not delay. Always keep it in the back of your mind that things can happen like sickness, other projects, holidays and mistakes. 

7. Make sure you have all the materials you need in advance- 
Materials such paper, paint, brushes should be stocked and ready to go. Ordering supplies takes time and so does prepping the materials before you get rolling. 

That is what I have observed so far as I keep moving along towards the deadline. I'll keep you posted- deadline is coming up at the end of October. :)

Friday, September 14, 2012

How I Feel About Illustration Part 1!

I love defining things and coming up with new ways to describe illustration. When I am asked about what I do for a living I try to mix it up-I find this gives me a certain motivating energy that comes from doing that. My latest illustration description:

Illustration is a ticket to the greatest show on earth!