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Friday, September 30, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

What does the Art Director mean by “I need you to ...

4RV Reading, Writing, & Art News: What does the Art Director mean by “I need you to clean-up your work for print”. : by Aidana WillowRaven

In the world of book illustration, you’ll typically find two types of artists: those who are fine art trained, and those who are graphic design trained. I am seeing more and more artists crossing and blurring those lines and performing tasks in both the “fine artist” and “graphic designer” traditions (often calling themselves ‘‘graphic artists’’ or ‘‘graphic illustrators’’ or some other combination), but the basis of the training for each is very different. Each approaches an illustration in a different manner and from a different perspective. They may sometimes use the same tool, but the way they use that tool can differ greatly. 

Understanding this difference is essential in my dealings with the artists at 4RV, and I assume it’s much the same with most ADs (Art Directors). I often have to explain to a fine artist what I mean by “I need you to clean-up your work for print,” where as a graphic designer usually knows what I mean already. This need to explain what “clean-up” means can frustrate an AD or publisher because to him or her, it seems stupid-basic-simple, unless they have a background in both traditions. Professors with art colleges, online or otherwise, may use the same terms, so head's up!

Hopefully, this post will help a few fine artists feel less flustered when their AD says, “I need you to clean-up your work for print.” It may also help your AD’s sanity if you already know what they mean when they say it ... lol.

Why does the AD think my work is “dirty”? 

*catch the rest of the article on the 4RV newsletter blog via the link above*

Until next time...

Aidana WillowRaven

Saturday, September 17, 2011

'Strangers in the Stable' is at the printers!

I know I have not been posting much lately, but I was mad rushing to finish up illustrations for an adorable Christmas book by the 15th (not to mention my DSL being down. I hope they fix it soon--though I am enjoying my frequent prolonged visits to Starbucks ... lol). Now that it's finished and at the printers, I'd like to show off the cover and a few illos from Strangers in the Stable by Jim Laughter and 4RV Publishing.

back cover:
The narrator wonders, “Hundreds of tents are pitched in that field nearby. Why would anyone go camping on a winter day such as this?” So begins a night she and her stable mates would never forget. The words created by Jim Laughter and the illustrations that bring his words to life will be a book readers will not easily forget.

Now for a peek at the illos:

The stores and shops teemed with life,
and people lined up at tables in the market-square,
signed books, and paid money to
men in flowing red robes and shiny hats.
Finally, three more men entered from out
of the night. Kings, the people called them.
They carried gifts and laid them before the
child and his parents.
The kids got to know the young family,
and even Young Billy became friends with
 I'm not sure if the market illustration or the angel illustration was more challenging, but the angel one is my favorite, I think. It's always hard for me to pick favorites. I do love wings, though. I hope I get to do a book trailer for Strangers in the Stable, too. If I do, I'll definitely be showing these off again.

If you're interested in seeing the original cover I created for this book, and read why I changed it at literally the last minute, check out my latest 4RV newsletter post.

If your thinking on buying a few copies for Christmas, pre-orders are being accepted now on the 4RV Publishing catalog site.

Until next time...

Aidana WillowRaven