Love this post about kid lit art from my pal, Kirsten Hall! I was at Kirsten’s place right after she posted this, so I was able to the the art up close and personal. The Art Director’s notes are so great….it’s wonderful to see this art treated so well! Also, not sure where you’ll find a cuter barbershop scene!
KIDLIT ART NOTES - THEN & NOW
One of the reasons I love kidlit as much as I do is because I grew up in it!
While I was busy doing homework and photocopying my face on xerox machines after school in her offices, my mother was escalating from Senior Editor at Grosset & Dunlap, to Executive Editor at Platt & Munk, to VP and Head of New Product Development at Macmillan, before ultimately becoming Vice President & Publisher at Simon & Schuster for Little Simon.
Among all of the things she has taught me about making books for kids, she has also given me some of the original art she acquired during that time. Like this awesome George Carlson painting of Uncle Wiggly at a barbershop.
Last night, I noticed it was sliding in its frame, so I took it down, removed its back, and made an awesome discovery.
Art notes all over the margins! This is how AD’s inputted on art. They hand wrote their feedback, in pencil, in the margins!
It’s probably hard to read from the photo what the comments were, so here they are:
- Make all shading blend. Do not make spotty like this is.
- Keep top smooth. Do not put any black in top as we have to lock up the title with the black plate.
- Do not follow these color schemes as literally. They are only to indicate colors and plates should be worked up more.
- Remove border.
- Reduce to 7” without border.
- Make negative and return drawing to be colored.
Anyway, I just thought this was such a fun discovery. And I thought kidlit artists would enjoy it too. My, how times have changed.