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28
Mar
12

Commissioning an Illustrator for Your Children’s Book

Commissioning

an Illustrator

for Your Children’s Book

Commissioning an Illustrator for Your Children’s Book is a practical guide for finding, hiring and working with an illustrator, and obtaining illustrations for your children’s book.

You may purchase Commissioning an Illustrator for Your Children’s Book at:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/96371823/commissioning-an-illustrator-for-your 

Aunt Gladys in Detroit by Carol L. Taylor

About the Author

Carol Taylor is a visual artist and writer who earned a B.F.A. Cum Laude in Drawing/ Painting from the University of Michigan School of Art, and an M.A. in Communication Studies (Drawing/ Painting/ Film and Mass Media) from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her artwork can be viewed on her web site at:
http://www.caroltaylorblackandwhite.com
as well as here on her art blog at:

https://caroltaylor.wordpress.com/
and can be purchased at:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/CarolTaylorFineArt

© 2012 Carol L. Taylor

02
Jan
12

Drawing & Painting TIPS

Drawing & Painting

TIPS

For useful Drawing & Painting TIPS including:

  • Drawing Pencil Portraits
  • Maintaining Values Balance in Drawing
  • Tips for Drawing with Charcoal
  • …something to ponder on a Friday Evening…
  • Drawing with Charcoal – Lessons 1 & 2
  • Watercolor Painting with Watercolor Crayons:  Caran d’Ache Neocolor II Aquarelle
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07
Dec
11

PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT!

each YEAR!

–       A practical guide to making time for making ART for those who are not full-time artists, i.e., those who teach, work in advertising or marketing, manage museums or galleries, or have careers in various other professions.

–       Will show you that ART experiences are cumulative… that you can make entire ARTworks by working just 10 minutes at a time.

–       Although written from the viewpoint of an artist who makes drawings, this book is applicable to any ART pursuit.

–       If you simply haven’t found the time to make ART, this book is for you!

 

 

Ó  2010 Carol L. Taylor

Now Available at my Etsy.com Shoppe

Carol Taylor Fine Art

http://www.etsy.com/listing/53419162/the-10-minute-artist-ebook

06
Apr
11

COMMISSIONING AN ILLUSTRATOR FOR YOUR CHILDREN’S BOOK

COMMISSIONING AN ILLUSTRATOR

FOR YOUR CHILDREN’S BOOK


A Systematic Approach

Commissioning an illustrator for your children’s book can be an exciting and creative journey.  The following steps are designed to ensure that the process is mutually rewarding, as well.

I. Choosing an Illustrator

It is best to make appointments with as many of your potential illustrators as possible within the same day or over a period of a few days in order that you can review their portfolios and when making your choice, their artwork will still be fresh in your mind.  Ask your potential illustrators to bring their resumes and 6-10 examples of their drawings (portfolio).  Interview each of them for the position of illustrating your children’s book.  Make notes about them and their artwork.  Discuss the timeline for your project to ensure that they understand your deadline for the finished project (book or illustrations only).  Ask each of them to e-mail you a copy of their artwork that is most like your vision of your book.

When alone, review your notes and their e-mailed artwork, and make your decision on which illustrator you’ll commission to illustrate your book.

Contact the illustrator that you’ve selected and make an appointment (Meeting #1) to meet with him/her to begin the process of illustrating your book.  Ask the illustrator to bring his/her portfolio to this meeting in order that you can point out those aspects of his/her work that most appeals to you for your book (technique; line; shading, etc.)

II. Meeting #1

The purpose of Meeting #1 is to establish rapport between yourself and your illustrator, share your book and to share concepts between you, make overall decisions about the book and illustrations (medium; illustration sizes, etc.) and come to an agreement on the project, itself.  Share your children’s book with your illustrator (have a copy for him/her and keep the original for yourself).  Discuss your vision of the illustrations for your book and obtain the illustrator’s suggestions.  Decide on the medium, i.e., black and white pencil illustrations, the overall size of the book, and the size of the illustrations. Determine the number of illustrations plus book jacket or cover art.

Set the date for Meeting #2 (in 3 weeks or so) and ask your illustrator to bring 4-5 preliminary sketches (not finished illustrations) for you to view PLUS a photocopy (Xerox) of each sketch (you can take notes on the sketches and retain for your reference).  If you’d like, request specific sketches that you’d like to see at Meeting #2 (in this case, the principle character should definitely be one of the sketches).  Also, set a tentative meeting schedule for the entire project at this time if you so desire; see subsequent meetings below for tentative time frames.  Make notes on everything discussed in this initial meeting.

Go back to your computer and type your notes into a 1-page document that will serve as a contract between yourself and the illustrator, sign and date the document and send a copy (fax or snail mail) to the illustrator for his/her signature and date.  Ask the illustrator to send the signed/dated document back to you ASAP.  Do not have Meeting #2 until you have received the signed/dated contract from the illustrator.

III. Meeting #2

The purpose of Meeting #2 is to review the 4-5 preliminary sketches for your book.  This is the meeting where you’ll fine-tune the direction that the illustrations are going.  Point out to the illustrator what is going well, what you particularly like, and what needs to be rethought and changed.  Be specific, otherwise, you will be disappointed in subsequent illustration viewing meetings and the process will be delayed.  Make notations on your Xeroxes of the sketches.  Ask the illustrator to revise the preliminary sketches (not finished illustrations) for you to view in addition bringing preliminary sketches of the remaining illustration concepts to Meeting #3 PLUS Xeroxes of all of the sketches for your use.

Set the date for Meeting #3 (in 4-6 weeks or so). Make notes on everything discussed in this meeting for your own reference.

IV. Meeting #3

The purpose of Meeting #3 is to review the revised sketches and the remainder of the preliminary sketches.  As in Meeting #2, you’ll fine-tune the direction that the illustrations are going, point out to the illustrator what is going well, what you particularly like, and what needs to be rethought and changed.  Again, be specific.  Make notations on your Xeroxes.  Ask the illustrator to revise the sketches (not finished illustrations) as necessary and bring the entire set of sketches, in the order that they will appear in your book, to Meeting #4 for you to review.

Set the date for Meeting #3 (in a month or so). By this time, the illustrator should completely understand the direction that the illustrations are going, and the drawing process should be much quicker than initially. Make notes on everything discussed in this meeting for your own reference and keep all of your meeting notes together.

V. Meeting #4

The purpose of Meeting #4 is to review the entire set of sketches for the illustrations of your book.  This is the meeting where you make certain that the finished illustrations will be just right.  If anything at all (and at this point, it should be something minor) needs to be changed in any way, not is the time to address it and have it changed within the next week or so.  If that is the case, set a meeting to review the change(s) and make notes on your Xeroxes.  Otherwise, you will approve the entire set of sketches and ask the illustrator to proceed with the final illustrations.

Set the date for Meeting #5 (in 4-6 weeks or so). Make notes on everything discussed in this meeting for your own reference.

VI. Meeting #5

The purpose of Meeting #5 is to receive the entire set of final illustrations for your book.  Examine them carefully to make certain that they are exactly what you approved.  If not, keep those that are fine, send back those that require minor corrections, and set another meeting to receive the corrected version.  However, if the entire set of final illustrations is fine, receive them, offer to write a letter of recommendation for your illustrator, and the process is complete.

Notes:

Copyright your book prior to giving a copy to anyone.

The copyright should read:  Copyright ã 2008 by Your Name Here

The copyright symbol can be found in Microsoft Word in the document menu under “Insert” – scroll down to “Symbol” – and the symbol is a few lines down.  Just decide where you want to place it (typically, on the inside of the cover in a rough draft of a book) and place a piece of paper into your printer, set up the spacing for the symbol with your cursor, double click on the symbol or click “Insert” and it will type itself on the page of your choice.  Then, you can put your book back together.

Copyright  2008 by Carol L. Taylor


03
Feb
11

2 of My Hot Not-to-Miss Articles

What’s HOT??

Published on Empty Easel, the online art magazine with practical advice, tips, and tutorials for creating and selling, two of my Hot, Not-to-Miss, Must Read Articles:

“Quick and easy lists and tips for organizing your office”


“Caran d’ ache neocolor II – Watercolor painting with watercolor crayons”

26
Sep
10

New Art Lesson in Development

Stay tuned…

a New ART Lesson is coming soon!

NOTE:  Original Digital Prints just $18 at:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/CarolTaylorFineArt

UM Sailboats

18
Aug
10

Drawing with Charcoal – Lessons 1 & 2

Drawing with Charcoal

Lessons 1 & 2 are available!

Lesson 1 You Can Master It!

Lesson 2 Refining Your Charcoal Drawings

Enjoy!

15
Aug
10

The 10-Minute Artist eBook UPDATE!

The 10-Minute Artist eBook is

AVAILABLE!!

My apologies to those of you who have viewed The 10-Minute Artist eBook and found it was sold out. We had a broken link but it has been corrected now and the  book is available again in my Etsy.com Shoppe.

I regret any inconvenience this may have caused.

Thank you for your interest in The 10-Minute Artist eBook,

Carol Taylor

each YEAR!

–       A practical guide to making time for making ART for those who are not full-time artists, i.e., those who teach, work in advertising or marketing, manage museums or galleries, or have careers in various other professions.

–       Will show you that ART experiences are cumulative… that you can make entire ARTworks by working just 10 minutes at a time.

–       Although written from the viewpoint of an artist who makes drawings, this book is applicable to any ART pursuit.

–       If you simply haven’t found the time to make ART, this book is for you!

Ó  2010 Carol L. Taylor

Now Available at my Etsy.com Shoppe

Carol Taylor Fine Art

http://www.etsy.com/listing/53419162/the-10-minute-artist-ebook

15
Jul
10

The 10-Minute Artist eBook Now Available!

each YEAR!

–       A practical guide to making time for making ART for those who are not full-time artists, i.e., those who teach, work in advertising or marketing, manage museums or galleries, or have careers in various other professions.

–       Will show you that ART experiences are cumulative… that you can make entire ARTworks by working just 10 minutes at a time.

–       Although written from the viewpoint of an artist who makes drawings, this book is applicable to any ART pursuit.

–       If you simply haven’t found the time to make ART, this book is for you!

Ó  2010 Carol L. Taylor

Now Available at my Etsy.com Shoppe

Carol Taylor Fine Art

http://www.etsy.com/listing/53419162/the-10-minute-artist-ebook

28
Jun
10

God had a Color Plan! An Artist’s Viewpoint

PAINTING PARROT TULIPS

 

From our earliest childhood days, most of us were given a box of crayons and a coloring book, and asked to “sit down and color,” a quiet activity approved of by most parents.

We found that “coloring” was an interesting activity as we made colorful marks back and forth on the coloring book’s pages.  Some of us were so delighted at our colorful marks that we extended them to other books, the walls, and ourselves (all no-no’s in most households).

When we experimented with crayons and paints in elementary school (or earlier) where we were admonished to “stay within the lines,” we learned a bit of color theory.  We learned that the primary colors, red, yellow and blue, could not be made by mixing any of the other colors together.  We also found that each of the secondary colors, orange, green and violet, could be made by combining two primary colors.  An example would be that mixing red and yellow makes orange.  Perhaps by experimenting further, we even discovered that the tertiary colors, red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet and red-violet, could be made by the mixing of a primary color and an adjacent secondary color (example:  mixing red and orange makes red-orange) and that by adding white or black we could lighten or darken a color.

Color was everywhere in our environment and we tended to take its existence for granted.  But have we stopped to consider just where those colors originated?

God the Creator

The King James Version (KJV) of the scriptures tell us that God is the Creator.

Genesis 1:1-2 states:  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Genesis 1:3 – And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

Genesis 1:4 – And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

Because the following verse (Genesis 1:5) goes on to state that God called the light Day, and the darkness Night, it is common to consider light only as it relates to day and night.  But there is more to light than this.

What is the Origin of Color?

In 1666, Sir Isaac Newton experimented with a ray of sunlight passing through a prism and observed that the sunlight ray broke into a spectrum of seven colors (this is called refracted light).  These colors were arranged in the following order:  red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, the colors of the rainbow.*  He then used a second prism and discovered that he could recombine the colors of the rainbow into white light, like the light of the sunlight with which he had originally experimented.  Newton’s experiments proved that colors are actually components of light.

Sir Isaac Newton’s experiment with refracted light proves that when God said, Let there be light (Genesis 1:3 KJV), He was creating color. By creating light, God was actually creating color.

First Mention of Colors in Scripture

The first mention of a color in the scriptures is the color green in the first book Moses called Genesis.

And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. Genesis 1:30 (KJV)

Other first mentions in scripture of specific colors include:

Genesis 25:25           Red

Genesis 30:35           White

Genesis 38:28           Scarlet

Exodus 25:4              Blue

Exodus 25:4              Purple

Leviticus 13:30          Yellow

Leviticus 13:31          Black

Not appearing in the King James Version of the scriptures are the colors orange, violet, or any of the tertiary colors, i.e., red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet and red-violet.

In light, white is the presence of all colors and black is the absence of all colors.  In pigments, however, white is the absence of all color whereas black is the presence of all colors.  Of course, the purists among us would not include white or black as colors.  I am including them here nevertheless as they are used in the making of art.

The word, colours is mentioned in Genesis 37:3, while colour appears later in Leviticus 13:55.  The word, color, is not included in the King James Version.

A Bit of Color Theory

As a refresher on the subject of color, presented here is a bit of color theory.

The primary colors are red, yellow and blue.  Primary colors cannot be made by any mixture of other colors.

The secondary colors are orange, green and violet.  Each secondary color is made by combining two primary colors (example:  mixing yellow and blue makes green).

The tertiary colors are red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet and red-violet.  The tertiary colors are made by combining a primary color and an adjacent secondary color (example:  mixing yellow with green makes yellow-green).

The Rainbow*

Have you ever noticed that the colors of the rainbow* are arranged in a pattern—a specific order?  The next time you see a rainbow, observe the color arrangement.  You will see that the colors, in order from the top of the rainbow’s curve, are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

It is interesting to note that with the exception of indigo (the “Newton” color often disputed by scientists), the rainbow is comprised of only primary and secondary colors.

Final Words

Although God is the Creator, and His creation is full of color, He didn’t find it necessary to reiterate those colors in the scriptures.  It has been left to us, for the most part, to read and contemplate/meditate on God’s word in order to grasp the full meaning of scripture.  I hope that this essay has been useful in that regard.

*The word, rainbow, is first alluded to in Genesis 9:13-16; the term is “bow.”  The actual word, rainbow, however, appears later, in Revelation 4:3 and Revelation 10:1 (KJV).

Originally published May 31, 2009 in Chiaroscuro Magazine on WordPress.com at http://chiaroscuromagazine.wordpress.com




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