Paint a cover for a chil­dren’s book

Tony DiTer­l­izzi harks back to the Golden Age.

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Ev­ery story con­tained within the pages of a book has a cer­tain mood or emo­tion that it con­veys to the reader. The task as an il­lus­tra­tor is to em­brace that mood and bring it to life vis­ually with art.

By far the most chal­leng­ing il­lus­tra­tion of all is for the book’s jacket. In the jacket’s sin­gu­lar im­age, the il­lus­tra­tor must cap­ture the emo­tion of the story in such an en­tic­ing way that it’ll in­spire a reader to pick the book up off of the store’s shelf and leaf through its pages. And if it’s in­spir­ing enough, per­haps it’s then only a short trip to the till, to ring up an­other sale for the au­thor.

For the fi­nal in­stal­ment of my mid­dle­grade sci-fi tril­ogy, The Bat­tle for WondLa, I have the lux­ury of know­ing the mood and emo­tion of the story – be­cause I wrote it. Re­gard­less, the steps taken to cre­ate the jacket im­age are no dif­fer­ent to those I’d use to il­lus­trate an­other’s words. So in this work­shop I’ll take you through those steps, and hope­fully give you an in­sight into how I ap­proach each of my book il­lus­tra­tion as­sign­ments.

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