The success or otherwise of a children’s picture book can (and does) rest on the work of the illustrator. Yet, for the outsider, the illustration may seem easy – just drawing a few pictures to go with the story. In Illustrating Children’s books, Martin Salisbury makes the illustrator’s role a little clearer, and takes the would-be illustrator through the processes involved in illustrating a children’s book.
Packed with examples and case studies, the book explores drawing techniques, materials, design and the publication process as well as looking at illustrating different types of books – including picture books, books for older children, and non-fiction.
Martin Salsibury is himself an accomplished children’s book illustrator as well as a lecturer in the subject. He peppers the book with examples of his own experience and covers areas about the business and legal side of publishing in clear detail.
This is an excellent guide for those considering a career in illustration and is also fascinating for those involved in the writing, editing or study of children’s books.
Illustrating Children’s Books: Creating Pictures for Publication, by Martin Salisbury
Allen & Unwin, 2004