This illustration style is a digital illustration style with clear sharp outlines and nice bright coloring. These illustrations have nice animated characters which are rich in expressions and action. This style of illustration is suitable for books of all ages and all genres especially story picture books.
This Style of picture book illustration is done in digital illustration style and all the characters and objects have been given a black outline and colors have been applied inside the outline. The black outline gives a very clear identity to all characters and objects and the illustrations turn out to be very clear. The combination of colors used is very bright and lively and really bring a lot of life to these illustrations. The characters are animated and realistic characters and faces are not used in this style, the reason is that realistic characters don’t bring so much fun element in illustrations as much as these animated faces do. The background details are a mix of elements from the nature as well as other man-made objects. The scenes with natural background elements really stand out from the rest of the scenes. This style of illustration is equally suitable with animal characters as well as human characters. The animal characters done in this style look very cute, expressive and lively. Kids really love such animated characters. If you go to any local children book illustrator, he/she will tell you that kids really love this style of illustration.
Many Author’s have a preference of an illustrator who is local or living in the same city so that the Author can coordinate with the Local children book illustrator directly. This works for many Author’s but in many cases you have to compromise because you don’t find a good local children book illustrator who is locally available. Another case may be that the illustrator who lives in the same city is not free to take up your project. So, either you have to wait so that illustrator becomes available and starts to work on your project or you compromise with the quality by hiring any illustrator who is living near by.
As an Author you must understand that no one is going to meet you daily and even the local children book illustrator is going to send you the work over the E-mail only because the E-mail images are sent in 300 DPI which is print ready and even the printers also accept the E-mail images, scanned at 300 DPI. So, in order to make things easy, you must focus on the talent and suitability of the illustrator in your project. As far as communication is concerned, you can have a Skype call, which is as good as a meeting. You must make use of technology in order to accomplish success.
For an illustrator who is not living close to you, you must get a contract signed and all the terms and conditions should be clearly mentioned like the terms and conditions of delivery of work and the payment structure etc. Once these things have been done, you can easily work with any illustrator. You must make sure that you two communicate well and that the illustrator is able to understand your ideas well. There are many successful books in which the Author and the illustrator belonged different countries and yet they understood each other so well that they created excellent books.
As far as the hard copies of the illustration is concerned, you can mention on the contract that the hard copies will be shipped to you by the illustrator and you should be ready to pay the shipment cost. You can retain the hard copies of illustrations, although it’s of no use in printing, but you can keep them with you, if the illustrator has agreed to transfer all the copyrights to you. This is again something which you should discuss with the illustrator, local or not local.
So choosing an illustrator should depend upon the suitability of the illustrator and not on the location of the illustrator.