A(Notes on Illustration and storyboarding for picture books.)
I feel like there are misconceptions about what it means to be an illustrator. Such as... (a) picture books are only for children, and (b) there is no market for visual storytelling in print versions.
I would like to point out to anyone who doubts that visual storytelling has, on the contrary, continued to enrich and feed our culture. Just look at The New Yorker magazine (who only use drawn illustrations for their many images) the success of children's book illustrators like Jan Brett, ( who deserves it) and the rise in popularity of graphic novels as ways of pushing the envelope in storytelling (Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman" series, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selzner among many.) There are also cartoon blogs that have taken on a life of their own online, such as The Oatmeal (http://theoatmeal.com/comics/running.)
I would argue that we are voracious and never satisfied consumers of the visual, and that the real challenge for any would-be illustrator will be standing out from the crowd.
As long as there are parents reading to their children at bedtime, as long as we love magazines filled with beautiful full color spreads, as long as we continue to use visual media, there will always be a market.
Inspiration: “Make Good Art” commencement speech by Neil Gaiman (author)
Illustrators to check out…http://www.illustrationweb.us/styles/children
Art by Rebecca Dautremer, Quentin Blake, Jan Brett, Barbara Coomey, Luke Scriven
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