7 Ways to Make Children’s Story Illustrations More Magical

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What’s so fascinating about a children’s book?

A good story, the unique play of words and colors, and captivating story book illustrations—for children, storytelling becomes more exciting and magical with all these combined. Fairy tales turn into inspiration and characters, friends.

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Bring magic to your story with these seven simple ways to illustrate a children’s book.


Turn great ideas into a sketch.

It all starts with an idea. And you can find these interesting ideas around you. Always bring with you a small sketch pad or something you can scribble on. Once an idea pops up in your head, sketch! Don’t get flustered right away if it’s not perfect. Draw what comes into your mind first; refine it later.

childrens book art
Art by MarcoBucci



Find the right color sample.

Now that you’ve got an idea, make your children’s book art more visually appealing by adding the colors to your characters, to the background, and fonts. Don’t forget the age-bracket of your audience, to understand what colors would look more attractive for them. Create multiple versions of your draft with different color samples to know what will work best.



Do the first draft.

The first draft may not be look like a work of art, but it is work in progress. Trace your rough drafts and change whenever you see something you can improve. With each stage of your sketches, study the details, including the words, colors, and even the background scenes.


famous childrens book illustrators
Art by minomiyabi


Do the rough layouts and thumbnail sketches.

Create small thumbnails to display a quick overview of your artwork. Then lay out the position of your characters, together with the words. Plan these sketches accordingly. With these thumbnail sketches, you can see the flow of the story. At each stage, finalize how much space you need for the words and the major parts of your book. Find your style—famous children’s book illustrators have their own unique style of art.



Polish and refine your sketches.

This time spot major and minor errors in your drafts. Scan the sketch, and check it on your computer to see it through a different perspective. Pay attention to the details that may detract from the flow of the story; tweak it as soon as possible. Remember that words and illustrations should work together creatively to portray the story well.



Ask for feedback.

There may be details that you may overlook so it’s always good to have others check your work. Asking for feedback from others is important in improving the illustrations of your children’s book.


Children’s book art exists
Art by cananbaris


Recheck, Revise, Re-draw then add the finale.

Children’s book art exists to bring a clear message to its readers. If it fails to do that, then you need to revise it. Check your composition once again; each page should relate to one another. After checking, if you’re still not satisfied, redo the art.


Once done, go back to your main idea: What’s the purpose of this book? Why do children need to read this? How can I make them read this?

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