One of the great things about the internet and blogs is that we get to walk behind the curtain and see the artist at work. Blogs have pulled back the veil on picture book process and creation. It’s a great thing to get to see how our favorite artist’s work their magic and go from concept to final work.
Today we are happy to showcase one author/artist as they describe their journey, Lynne Chapman.
Lynne has been an award winning author/illustrator for over 25 years with more than 30 books to her credit! She resides in the UK and it is evident from her videos that she has a spunky, bright and infectious personality.
This series of posts catalogues her process while creating, pitching, illustrating, edting and sending off the final artwork of the book that would end up being titled Swap.
What a marvelous journey for Lynn to take us along with her on! There are a total of 25 posts from conception to dropping the final artwork in the mail. The time between beginning and end is 23 months, almost 2 years!! Get ready for an education for all you aspiring Author/Illustrators out there! Lynne gives a fairly in depth accounting of the process from beginning to end.
We’ll break Lynne’s journey up into segments. Featuring each post, describing the content and providing links to the original content on Lynne’s blog. We’ll share 5 to 10 of her posts per one of ours.
First is a video of Lynne describing her creative process for conceptualizing a children’s book. She also describes how she got into the field from textile design.
In her first post Lynne discusses the source of inspiration for her story idea and the initial scribbles that were it’s initial manifestation! With the initial title being, “It’s Not Fair”.
In her second post Lynne describes throwing together her idea for a book and pitching it to her editor while she happens to be in town for a publisher party. Her Editor loves the idea and needs to present it to her colleagues for approval. Lynne’s wait begins.
In her third post Lynne describes waiting to hear “yes” or “no” from the publisher and the eventual phone call that says, “YES!!”
In her fourth post Lynne shows us her super roughs at the very beginning of her process. In this post she is getting back into working on the book as her schedule is finally allowing. She describes working with the editor and arranging images in a way that suits the story content as well as describing the newer process she has used to write the book.
In her fifth post Lynne walks us further through her roughs as she continues to solidify the layout of her story and the design of her characters. It’s neat seeing that she edits and changes the characters appearance as she progresses. I have always been of the notion that you design the characters first and then design the book. Her method merits a further look and try because I imagine it helps to maintain the energy and excitement while quickening your pace in the initial stages of creation.
We’ll be posting the next few steps on Friday or you can hop over to Lynne’s blog and investigate for yourself!
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