Words and Pictures

Here is something to think about when you are writing about visuals, or when you select visuals to highlight your written story.


“Reflecting on the art of picture book story-telling, Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are; In the Night Kitchen) shares his strong opinions about the interplay between words and pictures:”

 “An illustration is an enlargement, and interpretation of the text, so that the reader will comprehend the words better. As an artist, you are always serving the words.

You must never illustrate exactly what is written. You must find a space in the text so that the pictures can do the work. Then you must let the words take over where words do it best. It’s a funny kind of juggling act.”

(From Eric Carle in.Artist to Artist: 23 Major Illustrators Talk to Children About Their Art, 2007.) In this week’s Brain Pickings – www.brainpickings.org.