An Illustration is Worth a Thousand Words

A picture is worth a thousand words. No single saying has ever been more true. Illustrators bring us writers’ work to life and are, perhaps monumentally, responsible for bringing our stories to life and capturing the imaginations of children and adults alike.

Today, I am delighted to welcome Elizabeth Jones, an up and coming illustrator for children’s books.

All the pictures featured today are examples of Liz’s brilliant work. Please click on them to see a larger version.

Tell us a bit about yourself Liz.

I am a fan of visual storytelling and began accumulating picture books for my children at least a decade before they were born. I had never read a graphic novel before volunteering with the Cybils Awards back in 2007, and was awestruck at the range and depth of the genre when the review copies started rolling in.

Now I shamelessly plug graphics (and the Cybils) in my jobs as a therapist for troubled kids and as a children’s lit professor at the University of Pittsburgh.


How are the publishing side of things?

I have published work in Highlights, Berry Blue Haiku, Dragonfly Spirit ezine, and Leap Greetings (illustration). I also belong to SCBWI and Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators, and have been the organizer of the graphic novels committee of the Cybils for the past few years.

Wow. That sounds Great. So what are you currently working on?

I am working on a hybrid illustrated novel structured around a poem by Wallace Stevens.

You can find more of her illustrations on Google plus:

 Want to know more about the stories behind the pictures here? You can read about them on her blog:

     

Categories: Guest Posts

3 Comments on “An Illustration is Worth a Thousand Words”

  1. July 18, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    Beautiful illustrations, I love the green minstrel picture especially. I admire illustrators, being able to capture the essence of a story in pictures is an art beyond just being able to draw.

  2. Anonymous
    July 18, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    Thanks, Sophie! :D (from Liz)

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