What Do Illustrators Do? by Eileen Christelow

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In this informative companion to the popular "What Do Authors Do?" author/illustrator Christelow turns her attention to the visual side of creating a picture book. Employing her relaxed style and trademark humor, she shows how an illustrator develops a book from rough sketches to finished artwork, following two artists as they illustrate different versions of "Jack and the Beanstalk." Christelow answers the questions often posed by children, such as, "What materials do you use?" and "Is it hard to be an illustrator?" and reveals that the uniqueness of each book depends on many creative choices . . . and a lot of painstaking work.
 

About Eileen Christelow

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Eileen Christelow has created numerous fun and funny picture books, including the Five Little Monkeys series, Author, and most recently, Letters from a Desperate Dog. She and her husband, Ahren, live in Vermont. For more information visit www.christelow.com.
 
Published March 22, 1999 by Clarion Books. 40 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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Although she only hints at the amazing diversity of today’s illustrators, Christelow captures the effort that goes into the making of picture books while also answering many of the questions children ask on the subject.

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After the authors take notes, make lists or outlines, read and research, and ``listen and watch,'' the man ends up writing a chapter book about ``a dog and a cat who travel around the country on a freight train'' and the woman ends up writing and illustrating a picture book about a ``dog-chasing ...

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This lighthearted explanation of how books are created and produced combines ""informative commentary with humorous, action-filled cartoons,"" said PW.

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By alighting on a subject with which her audience has some familiarity, Christelow instantly engages interest, and by keeping the proceedings briskly informative and fun, she ensures that readers come away with a real appreciation of both the artistry and effort involved in illustrating books.

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