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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; New title edition (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764127179
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764127175
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The chapters of this richly illustrated book touch on everything from media, materials, and techniques to design and typography, but the information given is not enough to actually teach the subject. Instead, the author gives readers a brief but interesting overview. For instance, in the chapter entitled "Character Development," Salisbury discusses mannerisms, facial expressions, and child-friendliness of characters, but doesn't tell readers how to actually create these effects on their own. However, this book does a very good job of addressing the many elements of illustration for someone who is unfamiliar with the process. Topics such as "What to illustrate," "Dynamics of composition and layout," and "Type as image" give a more concrete concept of the profession and artistry. The featured artwork is all pulled from children's picture books to demonstrate the concepts in the related text. Some are spot illustrations, a character or scene cut from its background, while others are spreads reduced to fit within the page with accompanying text. Colorful and lively, the illustrative material is indispensable to the content. A fine choice for adults interested in illustration, or as a resource for someone new to discussing art in children's books. - Heather E. Miller, Homewood Public Library, AL
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Illustrating


Children’s Books




The art of illustration for children has a long and rich tradition, and for generations has been beloved by countless readers. Illustrating Children’s Books shows you how to create beautiful artwork for children. It examines the approaches taken by advanced-level students and leading artists, and describes how their ideas evolve from start to finish.



  • Sketches and annotations reveal the techniques of successful children’s illustrators and explain how to tackle fantasy, fairytale, realism, and nature drawings.

  • Includes tips on working in a variety of media and offers advice on illustrating for different age groups and types of books.

  • Teaches you how to interpret and enrich the text, build characters, and create vibrant settings that will stir readers’ imaginations. You’ll discover how to create storyboards and layouts, work to a brief, and present your work professionally.



    Martin Salisbury is Course Director for the Master of Arts Degree in Children’s Book Illustration at Anglia University, Cambridge, England. Since graduating in illustration from Maidstone College of Art he has worked continuously as a book illustrator and painter alongside his academic post. He is a regular contributor to Artists and Illustrators Magazine and is co-editor of the graphic arts magazine Line. Martin lives in Cambridgeshire, England.

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    Illustrating Children's Books by Martin Salisbury is a gem!
    J.P.
    Between these 3 fantastic books, the topic is well covered and forms a fantastic base of information for you to launch and continue your career in the field.
    Heather Van York
    Lots of pictures break up the text and the book manages to convey a lot in a well organized and concise way.
    JH

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    48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By J.P. on December 30, 2004
    Format: Paperback
    Illustrating Children's Books by Martin Salisbury is a gem! With full color illustrations as well as examples from artist's sketchbooks on every page, it has a very right-brain approach to the subject matter. As well it should! While there are many images, and a lot of type to read, it is clear that a lot of time and effort was spent putting this book together. Not only is this book well organized, it is engrossing.

    Chapters & Text follow the standard chronological path of development of ideas to publishing. Mr. Salisbury's book begins with an introduction, and short but important history of 19th & 20th century books. He cites influences, technological advances, and gives beautiful examples of books on the international market that you may not have seen or would be able to find here.

    Drawing, media & materials and techniques, and arguments for going digital are the broad chapter headlines. Each chapter is then broken down into specifics such as; the life studio, (why you need to draw every day) on location drawing, and media techniques such as oils, black & white, collage, and many more. These chapters in the book are important in the over all focus, however I would still explore more specialized art books if you don't have experience using some of the media suggested here.

    The central focus of this book goes on to study character development, concepts for the picture book, and illustrating for older children. And again everything from getting to know your characters, form, sequence, adding drama and making a good solid mock-up are covered. In these sections I really appreciated the case studies which are artist / author interviews similar to the short features found in the Communications Arts magazine.
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    62 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Larry Latham on June 3, 2005
    Format: Paperback
    From the above reviews I had great expectations for this book, but they were quickly dashed. It covers a lot of ground, but only superficially. Aside from encouragement to use a sketchbook I didn't find much in the way of the drawing and design"lessons" alluded to above.

    The book is also, to my mind, confusing in its design. The sidebars and illustrations are worked into the text in such a manner that it is hard to read the text straight through. Every thought seemed to get interrupted in the middle by an illustration or an author's comment. Very annoying. Lots of good pictures, a decent if shallow overview, but if you want to learn how to illustrate children's books you'll be better off with Uri Shulevitz' book.
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    34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Sally Bright on September 13, 2004
    Format: Paperback
    This is a terrific book on the topic.

    The Drawing section was akin to Drawing 101 in college. It included wonderful lessons on drawing figures, animals and places. I enjoyed seeing real-world examples that showed the process from initial sketch through to the final polished art.

    The section on Media, Materials and Techniques is interesting and comprehensive. Except for Watercolors, which got four pages, there are two pages for each type of media which amazingly provide clear working overviews of each media.

    The sections on Character Development and The Picture Book impressed me the most. The inclusion of information on novelty and popup books as well as how to make a dummy book make this book a standout.

    The Getting Published section was chock full of current, real-world information from an educator in the field not just a glossy cover of old text.

    Surprisingly, I haven't touched on all the sections of this book (i.e. Illustrating for Older Children, Illustrating Poetry, etc.). 'Illustrating Children's Books' is a treasure trove of information. I recommend this book because it is concise, thorough, beautiful, insightful, informative and most of all practical.
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    22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Heather Van York on October 27, 2006
    Format: Paperback
    There are 3 must own books in the library of author/illustrators. This book is one. Read it. Over and over and over until it sinks in. Keep it and use it for reference. I use this book when I need some advice when I'm working on a concept or in the illustration or editing phases. There is invaluable advice in every word, line and drawing. The next book to add to your library, which is also quite informative, with a different spin is Shulevitz book "Writing with pictures". and last, but not least, the original book for author illustrators is "How to write illustrate and Design Children's books" by Frieda Gates. Between these 3 fantastic books, the topic is well covered and forms a fantastic base of information for you to launch and continue your career in the field. I also like the book "How to write and illustrate Children's books and get them Published" by Bricknell and Trotman, which has a nice overall introduction and overview for those just getting started.

    Many wishes for success to you all!!
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    10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ramise on February 23, 2006
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    I originally found this book at my library. After reading it I decided that it was one of those books I wanted to steal...so I bought myself a copy. It's given me so many clues to illustrating childrens books I had to have a copy for my personal reference library. It's got great pictures, examples and explanations of other illustrators techniques.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. Theurer on December 11, 2007
    Format: Paperback
    Many artists might be searching for a book on the techniques for illustrating children's books, and although this book does not show an artist HOW to draw, it does go into detail about what is behind illustrating for children's books that makes the illustrations successful.
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