Have you worked with an illustrator yet? Here are 12 Tips

Working successfully with an illustrator   I have used several artists, depending upon the project.  I have had wonderful response from my illustrators (free-lance) and as a team we get the job done!
David White has done several covers for me, most prominent and recent the newest in the World of Murder series.

The illustrator for my children’s books is brilliant in a different way.  He reads the story as I write it with clear instructions (from me) on where I want the illustrations placed in my story book.  Then he creates all these different perspectives that I would never have dreamed about.  They are truly wonderful.

So I thought I would share these tips, with you, about working with another artist.  Hopefully they are helpful as you work with your ‘image-maker’.

Tip #1:  Be patient.

Tip #2: They are artists, much like you, so they are sensitive about their art.

Tip #3:  Don’t push them; they have a time-table that might not be yours.  I do state my time-table in the beginning of a project and get some assurance that they will try to meet it.

Tip #4: Be patient.

Tip #5: Be certain that you give them at least two credits in your publication, book or script. I routinely credit them on the back (exterior) cover and on one of the first pages in the book.

Tip #6:  Pay them the most that you can budget.  Remember the old adage: ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’.

Tip #7:  Because I am on a budget; I state my rates (per size of image) right up front.  Be honest.

Tip #8: Be patient.

Tip #9:  Don’t be afraid to use students at an art school.  I have used them (or graduates) from the Savannah College of Art and Design.  They are fresh, have the newest technology, and are the most excited by the project.  Do I occasionally meet a ‘prima dona’?  Who, without any work history, without any credits of any kind, without any life experience, behaves as if they work for a big city design firm, expecting top dollar and……. are confused when you don’t see it that way. (sigh) Yes,  I have!

Tip #10: Try to be as clear as you can on what you want in the image.  Don’t be afraid to tweak the work as you and your illustrator work together.  My illustrators appreciate the second set of eyes.Journal for Creative Writers

Tip #11: Pay the illustrator promptly.  As I have my illustrator working as I write; when I receive final images I pay him as we go along.  I don’t make them wait until the project is finished to be paid.

Tip #12: Be patient.

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A new stage play, “Sins of the Mother”

The roaring 20's in San Francisco comes roaring back in this stage playPlaywright, Trisha Sugarek, takes a dark and sensual turn in this new script for the stage.  She brings the roaring 20’s roaring back with speak-easies, roadhouses, flappers, hot jazz and cold gin.  

This full length drama is set in the roaring twenties  in San Francisco.  Violet, one of the sisters from “The Guyer Girls,”   has grown into a beautiful woman with children of her own.  In the intervening years she has had a successful athletic career and has since bought her own bar and grill.   She is a ‘flapper’ in every sense of the word; working all day and playing all night.  While her teenaged daughter raises her seven year old son, Violet is out on the town! Usually with her man de’jour.

Her second marriage is a stone around her neck and she is about to get rid of her loser husband who is a compulsive gambler.  She has the next husband all lined up.   But, Jay, her boyfriend, has eyes for Violet’s teenaged daughter.

A dark drama with comedic relief provided by the two children.

Cast:  5m.  3f.  1 boy