I have illustrated and published 4picture books and chapter book, with more coming thanks to Covid-19.
As a children’s illustrator, I spend hours creating customised characters for a children’s book. The illustration may look simple(actually none of my illustrations are simple), but time is spent on:
1) Concept and character development
2) Poses and expressions.
3) Storyboarding to pace the story
4) The revisions!
As a great illustrator, we don’t just draw and add color to a cutesy scene (even though it looks that way), we breathe life and emotion into the story visually.
Here are five tips on working with a children’s illustrator:
Tip 1: Don’t asked for sample sketches. If you are shopping around, check the illustrator’s portfolio or social media to see whether the style suits you. For us, doing customised sketches is considered working.
Tip 2: Expect to pay a deposit upon signing the contract and progress payments. Keep to the datelines you stated.
Tip 3: Sign a contract with deadlines both for payment and deliverables. This will protects you both.
Tip 4: There shouldn’t be a need to bargain on price. This is your story, it is not cheap.
Tip 5: While you are paying the illustrator for the artwork, don’t assume you’ll own the rights to it at the end. Check first.
I love working with self-published authors. They are amazing because they are bold, courageous and independent.