One of the most beautiful things about publishing picture books is the fact that authors rely on illustrators to compliment and elevate their words through pictures. Illustrators take storytelling to another level. We’re going to learn more about the illustrating process with one of our very own.
Myriam Chery is an illustrator from Québec, Canada. She earned a degree in Arts and Film Animation from Concordia University. She has a deep love for illustrating colorful landscapes and adorable characters that highlight the happiness of childhood.
Q: How did you discover your passion for illustrating?
A: Like most children, I loved drawing. When I was little, the passion of drawing never stopped. I was so fascinated by illustrated books and cartoons and that interest continued into my adulthood. That is how I knew I had to do what made me happiest, illustrating children’s books.
Q: Which illustrator do you most admire and why?
A: Lorena Alvarez Gómez. I like her original, mysterious, and very colorful style as well as the complexity of the details in her images.
Q: How many book projects can you manage at the same time?
A: I try to keep my focus on no more than 2 projects at a time.
Q: Which medium do you prefer to work in and why?
A: I like to draw with graphite pencils and color with a graphic tablet. Pencil drawing is simple and allows me to be spontaneous when I draw characters. Digital painting allows me to explore different colors and textures quickly and correct my mistakes easily.
Q: What advice do you have for aspiring illustrators
A: Even if you don’t have an illustration job, have fun creating your own illustration project. Constantly continue to draw to improve yourself, to build a strong portfolio, and for your own personal pleasure.
Follow Myriam online at www.myriamchery.com. Instagram, @biouboum.
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