How to Illustrate a Children's Book: 14 Steps (with Pictures)But here in the real world, there are plenty of reasons you might decide not to pay for professional artwork. I was in this situation when I wrote Four Tales of Cthulhu , my young-reader adaptation of classic H. Lovecraft horror stories. The book was a quirky Halloween passion project — a whim with the earning potential of a canned ham. So I decided to try illustrating it myself. I quickly ruled out drawing the pictures by hand, as I lacked both the skill and the time. Instead, I used a combination of free stock art, free image filters, and a few simple image editing tricks.
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The question is, how do you approach publishers with your idea? Begin with a series of rough sketches and studies, and begin to refine and simplify your character design. You may find it useful to take photographs of children or animals in different positions or find pictures online for reference. To do this, draw out a series of boxes representing 32 pages, organized into a series of double-paged spreads. Now begin to block in where you want your characters and text to go.
Getting into the mind of your young self is key. You likely have detailed memories of happiness, disappointment, and frustration. These real-life emotions will help to build out your story. Learn a little bit about which kids books have succeeded and why. Get in the heads of the kids in your target demographic and really understand the key emotional triggers for that age group.
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