On the eve of SCBWI-San Diego’s E.B. Lewis get-together, I thought it would be timely to re-post this tickler of tips. It’s dedicated to those of you who may be sharing portfolios there — or somewhere else out there! Cheers! — Joy
Before I begin on the above-mentioned topic, I must share a forthcoming book that caught my eye on the ALA Exhibit floor. It made such an impression, I went back to savor the f & g’s(folded and gathered unbound page signatures, in publisher parlance), page-by-page, at three separate intervals.
It’s all in the eyes. They are wide-open and clearly shaped. And I love how those large eyes complement and balance the graphic shapes in all of Christian Robinson‘s illustrations.
He makes his picture book debut in Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills (October 2012 from Random House).
Florence Mills was a celebrated African-American jazz singer, dancer and comedian (1896-1927). A major figure of the Harlem Renaissance, she was known for her stage presence and wide-eyed beauty. Her talents were immortalized via songs by Duke Ellington and Fats Waller.
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