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Designing a children's book is an exciting journey and can take some time and effort to get all of the artwork, text and layout ready for printing and publishing. Finding a compatible illustrator is extremely important. In this article we will discuss the different illustration styles for children's books. This will help you identify the right illustrator for your children's book.
Every artist has a personal style that you can identify throughout their artwork. It is important that the illustrators style is a good match for your book. An experienced illustrator can have more than one style or combination of styles that they employ to express characters, creatures and worlds. Every illustrator will have a portfolio of work where you can view their artwork and individual style. Here are some of the popular illustration styles that we will discuss:
• Line art
Someone who creates cartoons is called a cartoonist. Cartoons are one of the most popular styles for children's books and picture books. There are hundreds of different non-realistic cartoon styles. Here are some examples:
Line art is typically a black and white drawing with little or no solid areas, colour or background. Line art can be used by itself or in combination with other coloured images. Line art is typically used to emphasize key characters in the margin area or alternate pages. You can find examples of realistic line art in teenage books. Here are some examples of cartoon line art:
Realism is realistic artwork that accurately depicts characters, perspectives and detail. This is the most complex style of illustration and can take days or weeks to complete. Here are some examples: