Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Tips of the Week for Illustrators and Writers

Discover how an upcoming writer benefits from prior experiences and methods learned as a Children's Book and Magazine Illustrator. These tips will be passed along to you each week.

TIPS OF THE WEEK FOR ILLUSTRATORS:
When you read through a manuscript:
1. Look for personality traits
2. A specific description of the character(s)
3. Age range for the character(s)
4. Determine whether to approach the story with realistic or whimsical illustrations.

It's beneficial to develop the sketches of the character(s) in the story prior to drawing the story-board. Approval of the character's sketches improves your time management skills and minimizes story-board revisions.

TIPS OF THE WEEK FOR WRITERS:
Development of a Storyline:
1. Develop a character prior to writing a story is beneficial. Interview your character and jot down his or hers responses.
2. Create a list of important facts about the character.
3. Be sure to include strengths and weaknesses of the character.
4. It's important to allow room for the illustrators own interpretation of the character(s).
I hope you found these tips as a writer and illustrator beneficial. Please be sure to return next week for more tips.

3 comments:

Jewel Sample said...

Good information to keep in mind when developing characters. Thank you for sharing.
Jewel Sample
jewelsamples.blogspot.com

Cynthia Reeg said...

Dawn,
I enjoyed reading the illustrators' tips. As an author, it helped me see how an illustrator approaches her job. Very interesting.

Cindy
www.cynthiareeg.com

Donna McDine ~ Children's Author said...

Dawn...great tips! Like Terri's suggestion I would submit to Suzanne for the ebook. More comments on our private group folder.

Warmly,
Donna

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