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The Illustrationist - Issue #1

March 2019 was good and busy!.So it seems like a great time to launch this email newsletter about Chi
The Illustrationist
The Illustrationist - Issue #1
By Ken Wilson-Max • Issue #1 • View online
March 2019 was good and busy!.
So it seems like a great time to launch this email newsletter about Childrens book illustration. I had two new book deliveries. The first was Astro Girl my newest title, many years in the making- seven, in fact. I’ll make a separate post about Astro Girl soon and give every detail!

The next one was a book called Kind, complied by the team at Scholastic with a forward by Axel Scheffler. I am one of many illustrators who contributed to this wonderful book.
Earlier in the week I attended a meeting with Pop Up Projects relating to Breaking New Ground- a new effort to champion a level playing field for all writers, regardless of their background. It’s the sort of project that ties in well with Theillustrationist and my approach to working with new talent.
Book Fairs
March and April are busy times for children’s publishing. The London Book Fair and the Bologna Book Fair normally happen within two weeks of each other and in many ways kick of the children’s publishing year. The fair in Bologna is a must as it is dedicated to children’s books and is possibly the most affordable way to meet publishers from all around the world. You all get a true sense of this great community of people. I try to hold at least one session advising illustrators what to do next or how best to take a step forward. Call it a portfolio-review-plus. This year the message was ‘find out what you like, what you really like, and then work out how to make people see what or how you see.’
Enjoying the moment
These are the very public sides of being an author/illustrator. They deserve to be shared and enjoyed as much as possible. I never allowed myself to enjoy the moments as much before. I don’t really know why. Sometimes I wish I had.
The point is that there are as many good days as bad days and they should be experienced fully and analysed as much as possible. They are opposite sides of the same life-changing coin. This one of a very few professions where every moment really counts.
I love what I do. It’s so much more than a job. It is fantastic to be part of the global children’s publishing community. Our industry might arguably be rooted in its past, but it is still building the future, one page at a time.

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