Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Picture Book: The Secret of Babylon
As I revamp my portfolio, I am keeping several things in mind, many of which were advises given by my mentors, fellow mentees, agents, keynote speakers, etc. I cannot begin to express my gratitude to SCBWI, which helps me tremendously on becoming a better storyteller and artist as I embark upon the journey of children's book writer/illustrator.
Listed below are some of the many things I am exploring with:
- Action and reaction with characters
- Age diversity of characters
- Giving personality to the characters
- Composition and layout
- Where are they?
- When does the story take place?
As always, my fascination with history creeps into my illustration. This particular piece takes place in ancient Babylon. What is the sly-eye woman whispering about to the innocent child in front of the Ishtar Gate? Will he take her words? Is she trustworthy?
Time for a story!