An Illustrator’s Best Friend

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.

Happy doodles!

Contributed by Veronica Walsh, children’s book illustrator

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2 responses to “An Illustrator’s Best Friend

  1. gloriastockstill

    Veronica, how I wish I could “doodle” like you!!!

    Gloria

  2. Shirley Shibley

    I too wish I could sketch well. I have to rely on “sketching” with words, and that’s important to do in a handy sketchbook, too.

    Shirley

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