Right now I’m still in Singapore for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC), and I just wanted to leave you with a few insightful quotes that I’ve gathered from some of the speakers that has inspired me this year:
From illustrator James Mayhew:
A style is artificial. You should try to be you. Far better to be an honest illustrator who can be flexible about telling a story.
Children’s books aren’t just cute illustrations.
Illustration is an act of courage.
Never underestimates what would get a kid excited. Adults are the ones with the narrow worldview.
From illustrator Javier Zabala (read my interview with him here!):
It’s not just the techniques. If an illustration isn’t technically good, but tells a story, I’ll prefer it over an illustration that is masterful in technique but lacks emotion.
Illustration is communication.
Throw away your erasers.
And a few more from various other speakers:
“Typography & images can support each other in delivering a message. But they don’t have to say the same thing.” ~ Mariko Takagi, designer, author and lover of typography
“Publishers now think of themselves as entertainment companies.” ~ Eric Huang, Development Director, Made in Me, UK
“You do not need any permission to reach a global audience.” ~ Bill Belew, Social Media Consultant
“Seriously, do think about self-publishing your work instead of merely waiting for validation from gatekeepers.” ~ Fran Lebowitz, former literary agent with Writers House
I’ll catch up with you guys next week as I’ll be moderating the masterclass with Javier Zabala and Frane Lessac tomorrow!