|Brian Pinkney with some |
of his early sketches.
As illustrators, we've all been there—stuck on an idea. Not quite sure how to puzzle out a visual. How does Brian Pinkney push past artist's block? He naps. Yes, seriously. That's exactly how he came to illustrate his first book, THE BOY AND THE GHOST, written by Robert D. San Souci. "The visuals came to me during my naps," he said. And Pinkney continues to use that dream technique today.
To familiarize himself with a new book project, Pinkney reads a new manuscript many times, until he forgets that he did not write it himself (Shhh!--Don't tell his wife, author Andrea Pinkney, he said that).
"confident line," where artist
is fully confident in their work.
For visual inspiration, Pinkney turns to visionaries like Jean Michael Bisquat, Marc Chagall, Norman Lewis, artists who paint ideas rather than realistic scenes.
While many illustrators worry about how to fit their art around a text, Pinkney does the exact opposite: His goal is fitting the text around his art. Illustrators in the room loved that.
Here are some of Pinkney's books discussed: