Use of Photopgraphy as Illustrations

“Now painting is dead!” This was apparently the reaction of Paul Delaroche, the famous nineteenth century painter, upon seeing one of the first photographs of his times. But of course, nothing of the sort happened and artists continued to flourish, alongside a growing market for photographs. Nevertheless, even today, some of the conservative artists continue to have a negative opinion when Continue Reading

Illustration agency or freelancer?

For an inexperienced writer, the search for an illustrator may lead to a crossroad, with illustration companies on one side and freelance illustrators on the other. There are some positive aspects and some negative aspects to consider before teaming up with either one. A right decision taken after due consideration can lead to a great long-term collaboration between the writer and the illustrator. Continue Reading

Make a book by teacher

If you have written a children’s book, fiction or nonfiction, it is time for you to think about creating a teacher’s guide for your book. Doing so will dramatically expand the market for your book since you will in a position to promote your book for use in classrooms. Benefits If you have managed to write an entire chapter book for children, writing a 32-page teacher’s guide should not Continue Reading


When advice comes from a master, the best that anyone can do is to listen. And listen well!! So when one of the world’s best recognised and most well-loved illustrator, Quentin Blake lists out the rules for illustrators, it is time for them to give heed. Quentin Blake was known to work in close collaboration with the authors to bring their vision to life with his iconic illustrations. He used Continue Reading


If you are a first time children’s writer, with a picture book in the pipeline, here are a few things you should keep in mind as you go through the pre- publishing process. If your manuscript has been signed up by a traditional publisher, you will probably not be an active participant in the illustration process as most publishers have their own illustrators to do the job for them. However, if Continue Reading