Tuesday, February 14, 2012

For Illustrators and Writers

Can one get inspiration from a picture? I know I did when I saw a photo in our local paper and created a story around it, which turned into a picture book, The Battle of the Snow Cones. In SM Ford’s article, “Writing to Pictures,” on the Institute of Children’s Literature blog, she writes about an assignment she got from a publisher to “… to take the existing spreads of illustrations and fix the text.” How awesome is that. Read her article to find out how she did it.

Speaking of illustrations, you might want to watch this four-minute mini-documentary (TeachingBooks.net) by Author/Illustrator Chris Raschka, 2012 Caldecott Medalist, for the picture book, “A Ball for Daisy.” In the video, he shows the painting techniques he uses in creating his pictures. 

"Finish what you're writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it." -- Neil Gaiman

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