I received an update from my illustrator on how the illustrating process will work. I gave him a collection of images that act like pieces to a puzzle along with a detailed list of instructions of which piece goes where. This will give him an idea of what I want my fictional dinosaurs to look like. He is going to start by creating a collection of rough sketches and he will present them to me. I get to choose which of these rough sketches will serve as the template for the final design of the real illustration. This is similar to how filmmakers create a collection of concept art before settling on a finalized design. Above are examples of early unused concept art of Jar Jar Binks, Kylo Ren, and Chewbacca for Star Wars. That is essentially the kind of process I am working with in regards to my illustrator. I will let you know when I get to choose the finalized design of the first illustration. Wish me luck!


With the final touches on the agreement with my illustrator nearing completion, I look at some of his other work. Above is an example of his work that has the kind of quality my dinosaur book’s illustrations will have. I like this style of illustration because it has just the right amount of attention to detail without going overboard. Once the agreement is cemented, I look forward to submitting my descriptions for each illustration. I have spent a lot of time and effort coming up with the descriptions and it will be satisfactory to finally see them in the flesh. I will keep you updated on any further developments. Wish me luck!


While scouting for a potential illustrator for my dinosaur book, I have reached a certain conclusion. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find the right one. Some of the artists I contacted were either unavailable or they did not specialize in the art form I have been looking for. Does anyone know where I can find an illustrator who can do pencil sketches and is good at drawing dinosaurs? Any help will be appreciated. Thank you.


Now that the first draft of my dinosaur book is complete, I have turned my attention to scouting for a potential illustrator. In terms of quality, I am not planning to include elaborate paintings like in some picture books. Instead, I am looking for simple pencil sketches that provide just the right amount of detail without going overboard. The picture above is an example of what I am looking for in my illustrations. I will keep you updated on my progress.


After much thought, I have decided to abandon the idea of hiring an illustrator for now. I spoke with my lawyer regarding the steps involved and I think it is not worth it. As much as I would love to give my world and characters physical form, what my lawyer describes seems too troublesome. Until I can properly navigate through the necessary steps, I think my books are fine just the way they are. Also, there was one instance in which one of the illustrators I contacted tried to steal one of my books. Until I can come up with a plan to counter this, I do not feel safe at this time. I will keep you updated if I change my mind about this matter.