Being a creative is a challenge. Trying to use your creative talents with others can be even more of a challenge. A good working relationship is key for a project's success, and this is especially true for authors and illustrators who team up. This week, career illustrator Sharon Lane Holm gives us a window into the illustrator's perspective.
What Illustrators Want Authors to Know
By Sharon Lane Holm
Trust me. We both want the same thing—to share a wonderful story with great
illustrations. We both want to sparkle and stand out above all the rest.
Trust me. Please try to not micro manage. Creative freedom is the best thing you can give to your illustrator. Allow yourself to be open to their ideas.
Trust me. You created a great story! As an illustrator it is my job to interpret your
words visually. I tell your story with my illustrations. Both art and
words must be able to stand alone and tell the same story, without each other.
Trust me. My artistic interpretation may differ from yours. An illustrator has so many different ideas and will come up with something you may never have imagined. Let me show you another way to make us to shine.
Trust me. I am a professional, just like you. We will both agree on a fair and reasonable contract beforehand so there will be no surprises. I will always do my best work. I would never expect anything less of myself.
Trust me. We may never actually meet. But professionally we are a team. We are in this together. I so appreciate being a part of our team. I hope you will feel the same way.
Trust me. I love what I do. I create and draw and color outside the lines. I can draw a
story. I can draw your story.
11/28/2019 09:15:50 pm
In this kind of matter, there are some illustrators who are deprived of their creative rights. They cannot express what they want simply because they are just given boxes and limitations to follow, that’s why they tend to be uninspired while doing their job. First, they should have a good relationship with the authors. We need to trust our illustrators because they know what they are doing. Just give them enough instruction and I am pretty sure that both of you will come up with a good art!
12/2/2019 02:35:18 pm
Yes, it's an absolute tragedy when illustrators have their creativity suppressed. I am a firm believer that an illustrator needs space and time and then they will come up with something even more amazing than you originally pictured.
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