Share your 'evocative illustration' with children's publisher Kristen Nobles this month
Kristen Nobles, founding publisher of the children's division at Page Street Publishing is set to visit with us!
She'll talk about working with new talent to come up with art led narrative picture books for ages 4-8, as well as visually driven concept books and board books for younger children.
We'll get a privileged 'first look' at the picture books coming out in Page Street's first children's list (Fall 2018.) Only Macmillan's sales and marketing staff have seen them previously.
Kristen loves picture book biographies, strong characters, a unique style or retro look made new again, and looks for a surprising spin on traditional themes in children’s books.
And she'll pick 10 of our group's submitted illustrations to address. (Read her assignment below.)
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Prior to joining Page Street, Kristen was art director at Candlewick Press for 13 years, where she worked with author/illustrators Carson Ellis, Steve Light, Leslie Patricelli and Matt Tavares as well as illustrators Sophie Blackall, John Rocco, Ed Young, and many others on award-winning books. Before Candlewick, she worked as a senior designer at Chronicle Books.
Her passion for children's books has been passed down from her mother, an elementary teacher, and her grandmother, a librarian.
In addition to children's picture and board books, Page Street publishes young adult (YA) fiction (for ages 12 and up), in all genres, and a variety of nonfiction books in such categories as cooking, sports, science, nature, interior design, crafts, and parenting.
Kristen's 'assignment' for us: Create Memorable Artwork
What makes a promotional postcard stand-out, Kristen asks? How can you be sure your work resonates with an art director or editor? Most importantly, how do publishing teams make the leap from your portfolio to a book contract?
"I believe it's all about memorable imagery," she says. "For example: a Buddhist monk in flowing orange robes walks a tiger; you - the viewer - are hiding behind a tree in a snowy woods while a horse and buggy pull up to a mansion; a little girl is out for a stroll with a large fish on a leash -- these are some of the visuals that have stayed with me over the years, and often led to contracts.
"They succeed not only due to content but also unusual perspective or atmosphere, emotional connection, and palette choice.
"Create a simple final color image that you feel is evocative. Try to intrigue me or make me feel a specific emotion. Put in front of me something I've never seen before and execute your piece the way only you can."
Come join us August 23!
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