The big picture

Over at How to be a children’s book illustrator, they’ve got some video of Brian Selznick explaining his creative process.

The key idea to take away is this: creating a successful picture book requires having a vision for the entire project.  You can’t think in terms of  ‘one illustration at a time.’

Brian accomplishes that by making a little dummy—a cut-and-pasted version of the book made out of his sketches—so he can see the entire book while he’s still creating it.

2 responses to “The big picture

  1. John, I like the way you summarized Selznick’s process. Thank you for the link back, too!


    • You bet, Mark! Thanks for the fantastic information you provide on your blog. The more we can help out young illustrators coming up the better it will be for our industry. I’m so glad you’re doing those great interviews and video clips. I’ll continue to encourage my small audience to swing by your way.


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