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what do illustrators do

tell stories with pictures

story the two illustrators decided to illustrate

ja ck and the Beanstalk

first illustrators

decide which scenes in the story they want to illustrate

dummy is...

a model of the book, shape and sizes the book will be

each page of the dummy has

sketches of the pictures, often rough scribbles on tracing paper

as they are sketing

illustrators decide how things would look: the characters, their cloths and the setting


use their imagination or do some research

illustrators are also...

authors, they change their story as they work on the sketches

one did the following:

made Jack look like him in fourth grade, living in a small country cottage surrounded by a palm

another did the following:

about Jacqueline, living in the her building an dthe beanstalk would grow in the roof

each illustrator

has a different problem and usually more than one way to solve the problem


need someone else to model for them

each illustrator

has a different style of drawing, as every person has a different handwriting

when illustrators finish their dummy

they show them to the editor and designer at the publishing company, editor decides wheater the pictures tell the story and designer makes suggestions abou the design of the book, choosing typface for the words an the cover


draw different kinds of lines and textures with different kinds of tools, they can color their illustrations with paint, pasterls, pencils or crayons


choose their paper they want to use to finish their illustrations, a papers are good for different


often do the cover of the book last, cover tells a lot about the story: what is it about? does it look interesting

cover is...

a clue to how the illustrator will tell the story, would the covers want to make you read the book?

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