Monday, November 4, 2013

Picture Book Month - Illustrator's Process

What is your favorite part of a picture book - the story or the pictures?
I love them both. With picture books, you can't have one without the other.
Well, I guess you can.  There are wordless picture books. But, being an  author, I tend to like picture books with words. How about you?

Words and pictures share top billing in my opinion.

I recently found on You Tube videos made by author/illustrator, Will Hillenbrand.

I particularly liked his video on the process of illustrating the picture book, Down on the Farm. Click here to watch.

Click here for a partial reading of the finished book.

Want to see more of his You Tube videos. Click here for a listing.

I think it is helpful for us wanna be picture book writers to see the process of writing and illustrating the picture book.

Mr. Hillenbrand has a great website. You can go here to visit and look around.

Posted byJanet Smart  on Creative Writing in the Blackberry Patch.


  1. It's definitely the melding of the two that makes picture books so very, very special.

  2. To me, the words and the pictures complement each other. Since picture books use few words, the pictures show us what is happening as much as the words do. The expressions on the characters' faces, the little things that add to the words that children will notice.

  3. I love both the story and the photos in chldren's picture books. That's why I love these books so much. Thanks for the links to the videos on creating children's books.

  4. I love it when the words and pictures are equally important, and each tell a slightly different story. Together, it makes something much greater than the sum of its parts.

    Good for you for participating in PiBoIdMo! I participated (successfully) for two years. I'm still working on bringing some of those 60 ideas to life.

    1. Good luck with your ideas, Joanne!


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