The art of picture books is an ever changing and expanding field. Innovative books filled with bold, atmospheric, intriguing and exciting images are continuing to push boundaries in children’s illustration. If you’re in publishing, are an illustrator or student and want to learn more about picture books, two fantastic UK-based online sites can help you out.
Picturebook Makers is an in-depth blog featuring interviews, images and fascinating behind-the-scenes insights from internationally successful picturebook makers such as Catarina Sobral, Blexbolex and Bernardo P. Carvalho. By inviting illustrators to explain their projects in their own words, the blog opens up our understanding of an illustrator’s process and the challenges they faced, both in traditional and self-initiated publishing.
Look/Book Report is a website founded by Anna Ridley, development editor for children’s books at Tate Publishing. Look/Book Report seeks out and champions the most visually intelligent books for the enjoyment of children and adults alike. The blog examines the art of children’s books through featured articles, interviews and reviews by selected writers, all with a strong critical focus and thoughtful analysis. Read Anna’s piece ‘Books Without Words’ here on Illustrators Illustrated.