Are you searching for a great illustrator for your picture book? If you’re like me, the initial search was daunting and frustrating. The awesome thing that worked in my favor is I’m married to a fantastic artist. But before making a final decision on an illustrator, you must honestly answer the following questions:
- what is your vision for the book?
- is a sequel in the works?
- how much are you willing to pay?
What is your vision for the project?
How have you envisioned the physical appearance of the characters? Can you carefully and tactfully relay this vision to the artist? How will you handle things if a disagreement arises? Communication is paramount to resolution of any disagreement. But, is a compromise possible? Just because you’ve compromised on an aspect of your illustrations doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve given up your vision. It simply means you chose an alternate route to accomplish your dream. There’s been several times where I’ve made concessions on how I’ve envisioned my characters and how my artist wanted to draw them. It was very personal for me to accept his adjustments, but they greatly improved the appearance and effectiveness of the illustrations.
Is a sequel in the works?
An important aspect of selecting an illustrator that I think many new writers overlook is IF they’re planning a second book, they may want to work with the initial illustrator again. Although I’m married to an artist, we debated about the difficulties we would face if we worked together on my first project but didn’t work together on the follow-up project. Would it compromise the integrity of my vision or the books’ characters? Would I have the funds to pay another illustrator? And, would I trust another illustrator with my characters? It hurts me to even think about Baby Bear and the gang looking different or less than stellar because I think they’re beautiful now.
How much will you pay?
I’ve often wondered how much I would be willing to pay for a free lance illustrator. At this point, we’re moving into the last round of revisions and my illustrator is working on the FINAL drawings. Yay! I guess the real question is how much would he or she charge for their services? I’m the kind of person who often fights for what I believe in no matter what obstacles are apparent. Based on what I know about me, I’m certain I wouldn’t mind paying for a reasonably priced experienced illustrator. How would I know if I picked the perfect artist for the project? I really think that when a situation is right you can just feel it. I’m certain my illustrator (the hubby) is the perfect person to bring Baby Bear and the gang and the challenges of surviving bullying to life for children ages 5 – 9. What’s your take?
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