“You Are a Great Illustrator” by Joan Y. Edwards
Are you a great illustrator? My answer for you follows:
You are a great illustrator. You are a good artist. You draw anything you see in person, in a picture, or imagine in your mind. You create intriguing characters, cartoons, props, scenery, backgrounds, and special effects that are effective in increasing the depth of meaning of the book or magazine and entice thousands of people to read and buy it.
Repeat these statements with “I” rather than “You” to make them true affirmations for you.
I am a great illustrator. I am a great artist. I draw anything I see in person, in a picture, or imagine in your mind. I create intriguing characters, cartoons, props, scenery, backgrounds, and special effects that are effective in increasing the depth of meaning of the book or magazine and entice thousands of people to read and buy it.
I discovered after I kept saying these things over and over again for days, weeks, months, and years, they became true because of actions I took.
Your subconscious mind will lead you to make it true. You have to believe it’s possible. You have to believe it’s true. Believe in you. Love yourself. Love your illustrating skills.
An illustrator is an artist with a mission to help show the meaning of an author’s story. To illustrate means to furnish (a book, magazine, etc.) with drawings, pictures, or other artwork intended for explanation, elucidation, or adornment.
What is an artist? An artist is a person who draws, paints, or sculpts as a profession or a hobby. Synonyms are: designer, creator, originator, and old master.
What’s the difference between an artist and an illustrator?
Education and experience are important parts of skill-building and improvement in your illustration skills.
I have found that the books I find captivating do the illustrations from a different point of view than the usual ones. Find your style as an artist/illustrator.
If you’re both a writer and illustrator, you’re in luck because many publishers like this combination of talents.
Take a chance on you. Draw every day to build your skills. I’ve got to set my mind to doing that. I’ve been focusing on my writing while the editor from 4RV Publishing and I were revising Joan’s Elder Care Guide. Now I’m working on the illustrations for Larry, the Terrifying Turkey, a chapter book slightly based on a true experience.
Check out the books with prize-winning illustrations, such as the Caldecott/Honors Books.
If you are illustrating picture books or chapter books, you might want to join Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). They have oodles of resources for illustrators and give workshops to help them, too.
Thanks for reading my blog. I hope you’ll share this post with others. Feel free to ask questions and tell me your ideas in the comment area. I’d love to hear from you!
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Joan Y. Edwards
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