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Re: Can You Write and Illustrate Too?

Post by Amheiser » 27 Dec 2014, 23:02

I read somewhere that publishers don't like authors to illustrate their own work. They prefer to have a few artists they work with to draw their own visions after reading the story. I guess it would be good to see what people see after they read something that you wrote but what if it's not the same as you envisioned? Does anybody know if publishers like to work with their own artists rather than have an author illustrate their own stories?
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Post by kezzstar24 » 29 Dec 2014, 01:38

I hired someone off Deviant Art to do the art for my story. At first I was a bit worried, but he and I get along really well. The first time I saw my characters I nearly cried (might have had something to do with the Lions getting belted black and blue by the crows in front of me too...). The guy I use is also a bit of a writer in his own right, he does his own comic. We share ideas and help each other where we can, it's nice to have a new friend I can work with.

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Post by zeldas_lullaby » 17 May 2015, 20:33

I cannot draw diddly blip. For my cover art, I always buy an image from shutterstock for, like, $15 a piece, or something like that. I always enjoy formatting/creating the covers.

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Post by Braktooth » 18 May 2015, 18:21

I can barely draw adequate stick figures. I wish I could draw; it's always seemed like a lot of fun.
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Post by squirrelmunch » 19 May 2015, 00:34

My favourite part of my books, is illustrating them. I can't wait to get the writing over and done with sometimes. :o

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Post by debbiebee » 21 May 2015, 05:15

Alas, no. I'm utterly hopeless at drawing. If I try to draw a cat, people say tactfully, what a nice horse!
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
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Post by ALynnPowers » 03 Jun 2015, 23:44

Who want to illustrate my next book? The manga version? 8)
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Post by zeldas_lullaby » 03 Jun 2015, 23:49

Ooh, could there be a manga for my book?

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Post by Connoisseur » 29 Dec 2015, 22:26

If you want to keep everything the way it is, maybe self-publish, but team up with a professional illustrator to help you "clean up" the rest of the drawings?

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Post by rssllue » 29 Dec 2015, 23:32

I dabble in both. :)
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Post by KateNox » 04 Jan 2016, 07:03

I would love nothing more that to know how to illustrate properly, I would make drawing of my scenes all the time! My drawing isn't bad, I used to go to classes, but it isn't a publishing material also. My goal is to get the drawing part better.
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Post by cari_elizabeth » 17 Jan 2016, 23:36

I like the idea of writing and illustrating your own stuff. Nobody knows the way your story should be displayed better than you - though it is good to have a second opinion sometimes. I'm an illustrator/writer and trying to get into the children's book industry. I'm hoping 2016 will be the year for me! Good luck to all of you out there!

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Post by CzechTigg » 18 Jan 2016, 17:39

'Art' may be in my name, but not my skillset.

Luckily a creative networking group is near me, so I have chances to get someone good with their hands.
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Post by MyBrokeCollegeLife » 22 Jan 2016, 00:27

I am not an artist, but if you have the ability and the vision then I think you should defiantly see about contributing to the illustrations. No one will ever see your story quite the same way you do, after all you are the creator who poured so much time and effort into giving it life. I have the uppermost respect for those who are able to draw in any form!

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Post by CzechTigg » 22 Jan 2016, 10:46

^ I see where you are coming from there. However, my exposure to Tolkien was first through a graphic novel that was done some time after he passed away. Perhaps without the first rate visuals, I may not have become the fan I did. (Although the Jackson LOTR films did blow me anyway in any case).

Almost all teachers at school were horrified by my art. Hard to shrug off such feedback later on in life.
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