After giving the registered illustrators an assignment 8 weeks ago, the attendees met with Martha Rago on Friday afternoon to critique our finals and discuss the changes we had made from her comments at the sketch stage. She took time to look at each of our finished pieces individually. Some of the high points from her discussion were:
• Remember to create something to find later to the pictures
• Even if it has a fantastical element it has to feel like it could happen
• Composition counts, remember the gutter and place for type.... it should be dynamic even with these technical elements.
• Always always read ABOUT books - read reviews, read histories of books such as Dear Genius and Writing with Pictures
Overall it was a fun afternoon with an intimate group of artists talking about art and book making.