November 20, 2016
On a Sunday in November, SCBWI Japan held an Illustration Day: Perfect Partners: Text and Art and the Visual Narrative of Picture Books with Illustrator Barbara McClintock. Visiting from the U.S., Barbara was also presenting at international schools and speaking at the International Library of Children's Literature in Ueno, Tokyo.
The event, held at the Wesley Center in Tokyo, had four parts. In Unpacking Picture Books, we took a close look at the mix of play and intelligence in HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON and balance of illustration and text.
In Learning from Favorite Books, participants spoke about a selected picture book and what they love about it.
In the Illustration Workout, participants worked through a series of exercises focused on shape, color and word choice paying attention to the visual experience of describing mood, character, and place. Participants then discussed their visual choices.
In the final session Barbara showed her own work and the process she uses as she moves from a written text to a dummy book, to sketches and, finally, finished art.
Illustration Day gave us all a serious word and picture workout and many good laughs.
Thank you to Barbara McClintock for so much great picture book inspiration and motivation!