Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children’s Books

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Contents: – Telling the Story – Picture Book or Story Book? – Picture Sequence – The Story: A Complete Action – Story Content – Picture Book Characteristics – Planning the Book – Storyboard and Book Dummy – Size, Scale, and Shape – The Structure of a Printed Book – Creating the Pictures – The Purpose of Illustration – Drawing Figures and Objects – Visual References – Picture Space and Composition – Principles of Technique – Style – Preparing for Reproduction – Printing Basics – Color Preseparation – Techniques for Reproduction

Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; Reprint edition (May 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823059359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823059355
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds

Customer Reviews

There is a lot of good information. Although I’m not inspired by the images

One person found this helpful.
 on July 10, 2015
By Larkspur
This is a text book for some college courses teaching picture book writing and illustrating. There is a lot of good information. Although I’m not inspired by the images, I do understand the lessons in the book and have learned something from it.

A1 quality

2 people found this helpful.
 on June 27, 2013
By Kathie A.
A detailed and highly comprehensive coverage of the stages and design elements required for picture book writers/illustrators working towards a finished product – for both beginners and professionals. Perhaps a bit dated for those involved in computer art, but helpful information and strategies regarding preparation for publication. Perhaps a follow-up How -To, focusing on more contemporary technical procedures, would be useful.


 on May 30, 2017
By G. Emilie
Really good resourceful book. A lot of examples and really practical points. Good book to have as a professional illustrator

Much More Than Title Promises

One person found this helpful.
 on October 9, 2013
By Old Soldier
I found this book to go far beyond what I expected. It covers the author’s creative processes, step by step. Shulevitz details the most basic of ingredients of his visualizations and illustrates how he develops them into his finished creations. I have authored several books, and now am beginning to feel that I might try to illustrate them.

Five Stars

 on April 18, 2017
By Michelle Wrathell

Excellent book that really feels like I am taking a …

 on March 22, 2015
By Allykat
Excellent book that really feels like I am taking a course with Uri Shulevitz! I have not finished the very end of the book yet, but I am looking forward to the lessons on artist techniques. The book is a great read as well, with excellent examples and pictures.

A really good book, it take you from how to draw …

 on January 9, 2017
By Aks
A really good book, it take you from how to draw to how to publish your book. Step by step

This book gives me great ideas. I am using the format and suggestions …

One person found this helpful.
 on September 7, 2014
By Amazon Customer
This book gives me great ideas. I am using the format and suggestions for setting up a personal journal. Those are thinking of creating a child’s book would find this book most helpful.

Wonderful Book with Great Tips

2 people found this helpful.
 on April 7, 2013
By Diana Mcmanus
This book has great tips on illustrating children’s picture books. It’s difficult for me to duplicate pictures, but the tip with the tracing paper make it easier. Plus it shows how to go from the most simplest drawing to the most difficult.

Great Book

One person found this helpful.
 on January 30, 2011
By kevjon0321
I would recommend this book to any newbie or even someone in the biz. The book breaks down the ins and out of creating a children’s book. It is very detail in its method. I enjoyed the examples as they brought out important pointers to picture book writing. This is defintely a book to have next to your desk.

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