Here is a selection of the books I have used for my research.
These 3 are full of useful practical advise with examples included. Section 84 in 'Illustrating Children's Books' M.Salisbury has given me a new avenue that I wish to follow in the future, possibly for my Major Project. It is the use of Decalage,
'A french word used to express the disparity of meaning between word and image. In Cockatoos, Quentin Blake exploits this phenomenon beautifully and hilariously.'
|Cockatoos by Quentin Blake|
This is the book I discussed with Anna Violet. It features a high standard of illustrator/authorstrator and various styles & methods of working. It reflects on practice in the past and contemporary works including students Rebecca Palmer and Kow Fong Lee. Salisbury describes them as 'having highly distinctive visual 'signatures' despite the fact that their work is evolving and developing.'
Palmer explains that she has had agents request that she lightens her imagery for children, and she explains,
'But at the moment I feel these drawings get at the real people I am trying to portray. The challenge to make my drawing more 'appropriate', though, is one that I think is worth taking on. I am exploring different media but don't want to lose the fundamental way in which I draw.'
'With regards to the importance of keeping a target audience-age in mind when making a picture book, I think we can see it from two perspectives. As an illustrator, I'm not too mindful as to who I'm drawing for. I'm simply creating pictures to be aesthetically pleasing and satisfying, that will touch the heart and arouse the interest, I hope, of any of my viewers. I believe the appreciation of visual art is universal, is beyond, and should not be confined by, the age of your audience. On the other hand, the composition of the text, or the way of the narration, would be more closely linked to your audience's capacity of acceptance…'
An important consideration when writing children's books is that it is usually adults who choose and buy the books. Making books that appeal to adults as well needs to be seriously considered. Particularly the front cover.
This book provided the inspiration for my story.