No matter what the medium is, vivid storytelling and clear communication - including character development, world building, and the creation of structural patterns - remain the hallmark of every successful picture book. "Illustrating Children's Picture Books" delves into the world of illustrated books for children of all ages, including infants, preschoolers, tweens, and teens. This fully illustrated book provides an international overview of today's top children's illustrators alongside practical, step-by-step instructions on specific creative techniques and design solutions, from traditional drawing, painting, and pen and ink, to digital design and collage. It includes discussions on how to pace content, create emotion, develop a narrative, work with perspective and abstraction, bring a character to life, define an age group, and be culturally specific to an audience.
About the Author
Steven Withrow is a writer and editor, and is the author of Character Design for Graphic Novels, Vector Graphics and Illustration, and Secrets of Digital Animation. He teaches children's literature and sequential art in the continuing education program at Rhode Island School of Design. Lesley Breen Withrow is a children's picture book illustrator and designer whose work has appeared on numerous publications, greeting cards, and gift products. She is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. They both live in Rhode Island, USA.
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