We talk a lot about writing and the writing process here at WOTS but what about the illustrator? For a picture book the illustrations are just as, if not more important that the story. If the pictures are not engaging a beautiful story will fall flat and a ho hum story can come alive with the right illustrations.
Fellow San Diego SCBWI member Joy Chu offers you a great opportunity to really get to know illustrators through her new blog Got Story Countdown. The Got Story Countdown originally began as part of the discussion board of the Facebook page, for students of Joy Chu’s children’s book illustration workshops at UCSD Extension. Membership has now expanded to include industry professionals and picture book fans and anyone interested in knowing a little bit more about children’s book illustration.
Here is the concept:
- A guest illustrator is asked a question a day over the course of ten work days.
- The illustrator answers the question and then offers to answer any question or responses.
- Special guests also visit to share their experiences with the guest illustrator.
The collaboration feature makes this blog stand out from any others that I have seen, and give you a great insight into what makes a great children’s book illustration.
So take a few minutes and check out Got Story Countdown, and ask a question or leave a comment or two, you may learn something new.
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