curly smiling 4 year-old nancy drew.

Children are very visual creatures and enjoy reading books that feature pictures or illustrations predominantly. Drawing artists must think that kids are special kind of audience. They must keep that in mind in illustrating a children’s book. A great deal of premeditation on the part of the illustrator is important to come up with an imaginative drawing.

An experienced children’s book illustrator knows that certain works can have pictures telling the entire story by themselves. In other types of children books, each and every single page has a picture or an illustration.

What are the factors to consider in illustrating a high quality children’s book?

Illustrations can tell an entire story by themselves. The book may have very little or no text at all.

Extend the story line. Pictures may add a new dimension to the story covered in the text. Shed more light on the story line. Pictures used this way expound on the story line, giving words more significance.

Relevance to a young audience. Consider topics that can capture a kid’s imagination in illustrating a children’s book. An animal that can talk attribute can keep kids captivated. Pictures that can carry some element of fear, fantasy and humor will appeal to kids. Gross images or illustrations that convey horror in graphic detail should be avoided for younger minds.

Relevance to the story line. If you’re an author of children’s books and wish to incorporate illustrations into your story line, it’s important that the illustrations match your story. The pictures must be positioned within the right context. An illustration positioned out of context can be confusing to kids. That’s why pictures should match the setting and plot of your book. The character illustrations should match descriptions provided in your story to make sense to kids.

Avoid stereotyping. An illustrator of kid’s book should avoid stereotyping or brainwashing kids. The pictures should be in such a way that they allow kids to think on their own and draw logical connections between facts.

Lessons to learn. Any kind of literature for all sorts of audience should attempt to offer a specific message. Illustrations for children’s book should try to communicate a specific message and a moral lesson. It should convey lessons like bravery, justice, peace, faithfulness and truth. An illustration can be used to enhance a story line, by bringing out a message that’s not very clear in words.

Color. Children are attracted to colorful things. A professionally illustrated children’s book is colorfully coordinated.

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