Black history matters – Jo Ann Robinson – character development
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One of the most important processes in picture book development is the creation of its characters. Even in the most simple story, the characters will make the story relatable and memorable.

I went onto a course, MATS children’s illustration with Lilla Rogers and Zoe Tucker, recently to refine my character development. A story by Jennie Stevenson on Jo Ann Robinson captured my interest. Jo Ann Robinson organized a city bus boycott by African Americans in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955 that changed the course of civil rights in America.

The civil right movement in 1955 is such a serious subject. I know catering the illustrations to children are hard because of the seriousness of the period and it is based upon a historical person. Throughout the five weeks, each step was broken down and reassembled together to create five pieces of illustration to depict the richness of Jo Ann Robinson’s life.

Lisa Wee
Children's Illustrator
Singapore, Singapore
Tel: +65 82455433

I am a children Illustrator. I use Procreate, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. My quint, quirky and vibrant illustrations depict diversity and inclusivity. I have work… Show more.

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