Grasping new concepts is an essential part of the child’s development. They learn from four different sources; one is their parents, school, media and books. Since young readers are unable to read themselves, they are often read to by adults. Therefore the only thing which keeps them attracted towards a story is the images it comes with. Here are 5 tips to go on about children book illustration;
- Ample Supply of Imagination:
It is essential for an illustrator to have extensive grasp over his/her imagination. Without it, newer concepts and characters will not come to birth. Your work is required to be unique in a way that the child viewing grows curious and engrossed into the story behind that image.
That also means that illustrations cannot be simple. They need to have the capacity within them to hold the child’s emotions, attention and understanding. Illustrators often underestimate the link between the story and an illustration, short story does not make the illustration easier.
- Embracing the child within you:
How can you create something which is for younger audience if you don’t have that element within yourself, how will they be able to relate to it others?
In manner to make your content more relatable it is crucial to look at the story from a child’s point of view and ask these questions from yourself, ‘how would they want the character to be?, what colors would they add?’. Keep in mind that children only lack experience and not intelligence, therefore its best to test their imaginative skills as well, with your work.
- Build a connection between the story and the illustration:
Imagine if you were given an image with a text under it. The text would be on how the given character is feeling happy but then you look at the image, the character seems to be drawn sad looking instead; now answer this, what would be your first judgment on the character. Is she happy or is she sad?
Similarly, it is very important to form a link between the story and illustration. They both should be able to complement each other well enough, that a child recognizes the story just by looking at the illustration.
- Form emotional linkages:
Emotions are conveyed through many ways when it comes to illustrative work; colors, art style, strokes, gradients and characters. The human mind is able to comprehend scenarios on an intellectual level by the very start, it is the element of empathy which enables them to perceive that way.
Children too can grasp the vibe of your work without having to hear anything about the story. It is important to make sure that your illustration speaks of the same words the story does.
- Knowing the importance of time:
How organized you are will define your work, without having to exhibit your portfolio. Your timing will prove your credibility.
By focusing on these tips, you can excel at your work as an illustrator. They are the base upon which illustration floats on.