Patrick's session provides illustrators with concrete examples of the five things that make picture book art successful. All good picture book images are strong in
Two of Patrick's examples are listed below, but there were four more picture books he went over, plus illustrated chapter books, and including a spiffy-looking new nonfiction picture book written by Tanya Lee Stone and illustrated by Marjorie Priceman. Really enlightening and fun to see what an art director picks out as the strongest element or two of every great picture book spread.
The Monster Returns
Even from the jacket you know what's going to happen, it's hitting the simplicity goal right off the bat, too—limited palette, very stylized, lots of white space.
Chester's Colorful Easter Egg