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Illustrating Children's Picture Books: Tutorials, Case Studies, Know-How, Inspiration [Paperback]

Steve Withrow , Lesley Breen Withrow

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Dec 29 2009
Illustrating Children's Picture Books delves into the world of illustrated books for children of all ages. It provides an international overview of today's top children's illustrators, with interviews and expert information from leading practitioners in the field. The book also offers practical workthroughs on specific creative techniques and design solutions, from traditional drawing, painting, and pen and ink, through to digital design. Discussions on how to pace content, create emotion, develop a narrative, bring a character to life, define an age group, and be culturally specific to an audience are spread throughout.

Interest in illustrating and designing for young people is growing more rapidly than ever. Today's picture-book illustrators and designers are some of the world's most innovative visual artists, pushing the boundaries in terms of traditional and digital tools and techniques. No matter what the medium, vivid storytelling and clear communication remain the hallmark of every successful picture book.

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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.

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have for Children's Book Illustrator May 7 2010
By V. Newton - Published on Amazon.com
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As a Children's book Illustrator I am always asked how to break into the field. Well, you need a few things like, a bit of talent. I say this only because you don't have to be a best artist out there, just do your best at your style of art. You need tools of trade whether you paint traditionally or work digitally. You also need this fabulous book!!! I think it's a must have for every illustrator want to be illustrator of children's books. It is filled with wonderful information about techniques and styles, color palette, page layouts, story boarding and so much more. I use mine all the time. Each time I start project I pull it out. It helps and inspires me to really do my best. Every artist should have this book right next to the media you work in.
Vanessa Brantley-Newton
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visiting an art gallery, afterwards a reception with the artists. May 7 2011
By A. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book at a Boarders going out of business sale. The cover was so enticing and playful I could not put it down. It is well organized. It has many tutorials, case studies, recommended reading and loads of inspiration along with a great resource section. I particular like the section that interviewed the many illustrators and displayed their work. I was able to look up each artist's web site and review their personal blogs and portfolio. The work was beautiful and as expected will make you laugh. What was a surprise to me were the artistic ways the artist used different mediums to come up with outstanding work. The New York Times cover along with other work by Bob Staake was wonderful. Not something you see on the average in art galleries. The most useful were the simple tutorials because in most books the tutorials are not that easy to follow. The reason a lot of picture books seem like masterpieces is because they are. Some artists demonstrate their technique to show how much work goes into creating art for a 32 piece picture book. Mary Jane Begin demonstrates how she painted The Sorcerer's Apprentice. My favorite was a 3D cut-paper collage book illustrated by J. Moffatt. Then of course for us digital artist Photoshop is in the house but Carlyn Beccia impressed me with her walk through of an art piece with Coral Painter. The work looked as if it was originally produced. I finished the book knowing I would try Coral Painter and a few other ideas inspired. I had fun with this one. I felt like I visit an Art Gallery and afterwards had tea with the artists because the book and the artists' blogs are very personal and conversational. Just what you would expect from children artist.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book and an exceptional professional guide..! Dec 9 2010
By Jesus M - Published on Amazon.com
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" I needed to have a quick gasp of the general details for preparing and delivering a complete new project for a writer and i found everything and more on this book, i could not stopped reading and it analyzes cases and styles from different authors and writers that gives you more than a hint, a mayor scope on the field. "
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Book! Feb. 16 2012
By Georgia Peach - Published on Amazon.com
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I wish that I had purchased this great little book sooner. If only it had the "Look Inside" feature - that is why I waited so long. I could not peek inside and see that it was chock full of Artist Profiles, (these are so informative, personal and inspirational), chock full of Creative Tips, Case Studies, Wonderful Illustrations and more! So many different styles are covered. Love this little book. It may just become my favorite of all my how-to-illustrate picture books.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference Book Sept. 7 2013
By Beach Panda - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great reference book with great pictures and artist interviews for those who are interested in illustrating Children's Book.

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