One of the most important books for an illustrator is her sketchbook. It is a great place to put down all the wonderful ideas for her next children’s book adventure. A sketchbook is a place where characters are born. It’s the place where the details of a character start to emerge.
As a writer I’ve learned that a character is defined by what she does. If that’s the case, then how she looks plays supportive role. Gestures, expressions, and costume are elements that support the story, and a sketchbook is a great place to explore the possibilities.
Contributed by Veronica Walsh, children’s book illustrator