Diana Zipeto 6 Things Children’s Books Illustrators Need
By Diana Zipeto
People unrelated to illustration have words of wisdom that can apply to illustration. In his TED talk, Why We Do What We Do, motivational guru Tony Robbins has a list of Six Things Every Human Needs. I have taken them and adapted them here to be Six Things Every Children’s Book Illustration Needs, because I am pretty sure they relate!
Tony Robbins says the first human need is to have certainty. Some things are known, reliable, unchanging. We need that.
Every illustration needs to have some certainty, too: something that is clear and easy to read. You and a child need to know at a glance what is happening in an image, that something happened before and that something will happen after. You can give visual cues to the viewer to help convey that information. In the case of this image, it is (hopefully)…
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