From the Virtual Desk of Tony Laidig!
RE: About the Illustrations for Your Stories...
Congratulations! You’ve written (or have the idea for) an inspiring, heartwarming story for children. You know the next step is the illustrations but that is ALSO the problem. You want your illustrations to tell your beloved story visually in a way that is fun and compelling. The problem is that you're not an artist and a professional illustrator is just too expensive right now. Or, perhaps you ARE an artist but just don’t have extra time to produce the illustrations yourself.
I Understand...and You’re NOT Alone!
When I worked as a book designer in the Publishing Industry, it seemed that nearly children's book author I talked with had the SAME hangup as you...the ILLUSTRATIONS! I knew a solution HAD to exist...one that ANYONE could use to create their OWN professional-looking story illustrations.
Not long ago, I was thinking about this VERY problem while emptying some old boxes in my basement. I came across two graphic novels I had “illustrated” years ago using a specific design method and also re-discovered two test designs for comic book covers. I was experimenting with some new design methods that, well, didn't exactly win me any accolades back then.
That’s when tan idea hit me like a TON of bricks…
Those design experiments from years ago would work PERFECTLY for illustrating stories! After lots of experimenting and testing (several years worth), I was able to perfect easy-to-use methods that ANYONE could use to create as many illustrations for their children’s stories as they needed!