A note to first time and already self-published authors
Posted 2 years ago and submitted by Lisa Wee | Share link: http://illo.cc/89330

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!
is enormous.

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.

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

Lisa Wee, a debut author/Illustrator writes quirky, quaint and sassy stories. Her characters are sharp-witted and daring. Many of them have a mind of their own and are not afraid t… 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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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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