Black history matters – Jo Ann Robinson – character development
Posted 1 year ago and submitted by Lisa Wee | Share link: http://illo.cc/89082




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
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Lisa Wee debuts as author/illustrator of Li-na Is My Name, to be published in 2022 by Dixi Books Publishing, UK. Her other published work is a comic story - Sokoro’s Dream for Mi… Show more.

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Winner of CYAS Stars illustration award with judges from Scholastic Australia, Bronze Award Japan Illustrator Association 2020 Award, 50th Anniversary Mary Poppins FanArt Walt Disn…
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Ladybug Magazine, Mighty kind magazine, Tool of the Minds, ABV publishing, Dr Shan Woo Liu, Charm W.Der(Founder of DE&I media club), Pamela Jane
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Your vision for the book is unbelievable. I am just in awe of some of the things you came up with. The dog mapping of walking through the house and hangers in the closet. It is truly magical. (Holly Bonner - Blind mom monster detective) Everyone loves your enchanting artwork! The colors are wonderful. Our readers will love looking at the happy children and all the details. Thank you, Lisa, for a GREAT job on this project!! (Ladybug magazine)
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