This project will connect you with several author/illustrator websites and interviews that show what processes they have to go through to create their stories and/or illustrations.
Have students (in pairs or small groups) list different tasks/steps an author will take when writing a book. After they have their lists call on different groups to tell you one thing they have written down. If the other groups have that same thing written down they need to cross it out. Repeat until all ideas are voiced or written on the board.
WRITING PROCESS OF DIFFERENT AUTHORSBrandon MullShannon HaleDav PilkeyStan & Jan BerenstainILLUSTRATORS
We will be looking at several different illustrator's, just read and select the links as appropriate.Tedd Arnold
Look at Drawing Step-By-Step
to see what he does.
To see some of his other drawings look at his Sketches
The first book we are going to look at is 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving
. I want you to pay special attention to part 7. Look at all four pictures in the progression of an illustration. What did the teacher originally look like?
Now look at Dragon's Halloween
. Parts 1, 2, and 3 help you see that a lot of planning and rewriting has to happen for a book to be made. On part 2 click on the pages and see what changes he made to the text.
These next two are more for fun.
When you look at The Complete Adventures of Big Dog and Little Dog
look at the pictures and then scroll down to the FUN STUFF. Click on "Meet Little Dog," and learn more about her.
When you look at Kat Kong and Dogzilla
you can see how an illustrator will use photographs to help them with their drawings. Look at part 8 especially and then go through until the end on part 15.Eric Carle
I like the How I Create My Pictures
section of his website, and if you want to see how he paints his tissue paper look at How I Paint My Tissue PaperJan Brett
There are articles with Time For Kids
and Scholastic News
I liked looking at his explanation about How the Bunyans Was Illustrated
and there are some fun videos at Author Interviews #3
I like how he shows the Creative Process
for Art & Max, there are some other nice sketches for Brian Selznick
I really liked these Author Videos
on the Scholastic website, definitely watch "A Closer Look," and even "Words vs. Pictures."
Explore Charlie Bone Covers From Around the World
. Compare and contrast the different covers.