Thursday, October 07, 2010

Top Ten things Illustrators can do to make Highlights Happy

At the Highlights Illustrators party, there was a seminar with a panel of Highlights' editors and art directors. There was a list of "Top Ten Things Illustrators can do to Make Highlights Happy" - (a la Letterman style). Thought I would share it here:

     10- Bring your unique style.

       9- Read the story, have details reflected in the art.

       8- Read the art notes.

       7- Do your homework, research details. (even cartoony spiders have 8 legs.)

       6- Leave room for caption, art should fit in space.

       5- Remember the age group.

       4- Be responsive to sketch revisions. Re-compose the layout if necessary.

       3- Remember the Highlights statement. (They are fun, but not sassy...)

       2- Meet the deadlines.

       1- Humor them. (Put seat belts on aliens in spaceships, life vests on
           Canoeing raccoons!)


Anonymous said...

That's a good list of things to keep in mind. Thanks for sharing!

Walter Silva said...

Thanks for the info.

Doug said...

I thought aliens had something more advanced than seat belts. Go figure! : )

Thanks for posting pictures!

Julissa said...

Great tips! I haven't done any work for them but it's good info to know. Thanks for sharing Jannie. :)

Megan K. Bickel said...

Interesting! I'm a writer, not illustrator, but I find the illustration stuff fascinating! Thanks for sharing!

Tamara Henderson said...

Great tips! Thanks for sharing!

donna Farrell said...

Thanks for posting Jannie!!

Kelly Medina said...

Thanks, Jannie. Thanks for the helpful tips.

Jenni Price Illustration said...

I enjoyed your "inside scoop" of this Highlights event....and I love your art!

Missy said...

Great info to know, thanks.