Consistency Counts: Picture Books

Consistency counts in performing well in life and work. Whether you’re a professional athlete or a professional illustrator, practice enhances performance. Studying anatomy, objects, and perspective make even the simplest cartoons believable. Cartoons created without an understanding of these skills appear flat and unprofessional.

Don’t be intimidated by the unknown. Practice skills until they’re no longer a weakness. If your abs are the weakest point, lay off the foods that cover them up. If your draw a hand that looks like a pancake with five sausages, time to study.

Use these five books to correct errors in your illustrations:

  1. The Book of a Hundred Hands (Dover Anatomy for Artists), George B. Bridgeman
  2. Dynamic Figure Drawing, Bume Hogarth
  3. The Art of Animal Drawing: Construction, Action Analysis, Caricature (Dover Art Instruction), Ken Hultgren
  4. Cartoon Animation (Collector’s Series), Preston Blair
  5. Anatomy for the Artist, Jeno Barcsay

When illustrating a picture book be consistent—will appreciate your hard work.

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