Children’s Book Illustrations – A picture book is one of the most fun, interesting ways for kids to start reading. A few words mixed in with well-done, colorful images helps keep their attention and makes the story easier to understand. Each author has their own distinct process for developing the story and illustrations to go with it. Some simply write the story and find a children’s book illustrations service to create the images. Others create the story and illustrations themselves. Whether you’re a do-it-yourself kind of author, or you’re outsourcing, here are 5 tips for designing and creating illustrated books.This is also important for non-illustrators who want to take the help of any children’s book illustrations services.
- Create A Story Board – A story board will help give you the 10,000 foot view of how the book will look once it’s completed. You can use a large white board, or a sheet of layout paper, whatever makes you happy. Get the pages laid out, enter the text and then pencil in the illustrations (a rough sketch will do). This will help you work out where page breaks will be.
- Determine Page Size – How big is your book? Is it a large-scale format or something smaller? This is important because it determines the size and the number of illustrations that you’ll need. Not sure? Go to a bookstore or library and find books that fit your style and measure them and then copy their size for your own book.
- Create a Mock-Up – Once you’ve decided on the layout and page size, go ahead and make a sample version. You don’t have to go all out, just put together pages that are the size and style that you want. Whether you’re doing the illustrations yourself or hiring it out, you will get a good idea of what the finished product will look like.
- Create Contrast – Just because you’re creating an illustrated book it doesn’t mean every page has to have a picture on it. Sometimes it’s a good idea to have all text on a page followed by a page with nothing but an image. Other times, text and images on the same page works well. You want to introduce elements of surprise and you want to hold their attention throughout.
- Rework Until It’s Perfect – Developing the perfect story takes time and the same is true for the pictures. As you begin the process of designing the illustrations, it may take some reworking to get them just right. Be patient and take your time, and you’ll be happy with the end results.
There’s nothing more satisfying that seeing your ideas come to life in an illustrated book, but it’s not always as easy as it sounds. If you’re not an illustrator, it can be downright difficult and even a little frustrating. Contact us to find out how hiring talented illustrators that are not just willing, but able to bring your story to life can make the process easier on you.We offer one of the best children’s book illustrations services on planet Earth and beyond(We haven’t heard anything about Mars,have we?!!!)