Sunday, July 9, 2017

Leuyen Pham: Picture Book Panel

LeUyen Pham is a best-selling author/illustrator and the creator of over ninety books for children. Over her career, she has illustrated books with such notable personalities as Academy Award winner Julianne Moore, Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu, and actress Marlo Thomas. Her many books include the best-selling series The Princess in Black written by Shannon and Dean Hale, New York Times Best-selling Grace for President by Kelly DiPuccio, the Alvin Ho series by Lenore Look, and Vampirina Ballerina by Anne Marie Pace, soon to be a Disney channel series. She has also illustrated a number of graphic novels, including The Prince of Persia and Templar by Jordan Mechner, co-illustrated by her husband Alexandre Puvilland, and the soon-to-be-released Real Friends, by Shannon Hale. Her own books include best-selling Big Sister, Little Sister, A Piece of Cake, and her latest The Bear Who Wasn’t There.

LeUyen shares slides of her process and talks about what she loves about picture books, saying they are

"…the closest you can come to whispering in a child's ear."

She loves to design characters, and her picture book creating process starts with this. And for each character, she figures out the backstory, and tries to include that visually.

LeUyen speaks of the challenge of cover design, and also shares that she listens to the radio or music to not over-think and free her painting.

Some more highlights of what LeUyen shared…

"It's like every book is a reinvention of myself."

"In-between books I look at what other artists are doing."

Drawing in her sketchbook, knowing it's something no one else will see, helps get her started.

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