Children’s book illustrators are individuals who create pictures in textbooks, storybooks, posters, and anything else that is enhanced and clarified by artwork.
What do they do?
A children’s book illustrator has to submit artwork for any publication meant for an audience that has just started to read or enjoys flipping through books with good pictures.
Illustrators can work for children’s magazines or bigger publishing houses, or a number of NGOs developing content for Indian children such as Room To Read and Pratham.
- A confident, strong hand
- Sound knowledge of drawing and painting techniques
- Ability to gauge children’s mind and deliver what they want
How do I get there?
If storytelling is your forte and you are good with the brush you can continue to hone your talent at the senior-secondary level and build up a portfolio of your work before you join art school. Most colleges will hold an aptitude test. Those of you who make it to a good art college will be required to do a four-year bachelor’s degree in fine arts in which you will be taught about visual communication, drawing, nature and object drawing, illustrations, etc. You can follow it up with a master’s in fine arts.