Lynne Chapman walks us through the genesis of her book, “Swap”

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.

She primarily works in pastels and has a number of demonstration videos on her website, blog and YouTube channel.

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.

The story is about a little girl, Lucy, and her dog, Sparky. When her alarm goes off, Lucy thinks it’s not fair that she has to get up and go to school, while Sparky stays home. Sparky would much rather go to school, as he thinks staying in is boring, so they take the only reasonable course of action, they swap places for the day! What a simple and fun concept!!!

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”.

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