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Shreya Sen

Freelance Children's Book Illustrator

4 years of industry experience

Shreya is a freelance children’s book illustrator and cartoonist. She has been working in the field of graphic narrative, illustration and cartooning for the last 4 years. Along with this, she undertakes workshops on storytelling, DIY’s and also has experience of teaching design as a visiting faculty. She has worked with some of the leading children’s book publishing houses in India.

KEY SKILLS

  • Adobe Photoshop

  • Design

  • Visual Arts

  • Visual Communication

  • Design Drawing 

  • Sequential Narrative

  • Imaginative

  • Sketching

  • Painting

  • Visual Images

  • Storyboards

PROS

  • You get to be creative

  • You get to let others witness your incredible work of art

  • You can show the readers your interpretations of an author's character, etc.

  • There’s a potential for more income

CONS

  • You may find a close deadline and have to rush

  • Others may criticize your work

  • Client approvals may take a lot of time

  • Pay can be unpredictable

OPPORTUNITY TYPES

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

  • Studio

  • Companies 

  • Freelancer

  • Agencies

  • You have excellent drawing and IT skills

  • You are able to solve problems creatively and adapt to styles

  • You are creative and imaginative

  • You enjoy creative work

KEY OPPORTUNITIES

Books

Podcasts

Networking Groups

Interesting Facts about the career


  • The first illustrated printed books – following the invention of the printing press in 1440 – were made using woodcut templates. The same sort that is used, even now, for putting marks on clothes. 

  • Xylography, as it’s known is a simple enough process: cut out all the bits from a block of wood you don’t want, dip what’s left in ink, and print. Simple is beautiful.

  • The first illustrated stories go back much later than Gutenberg’s press. There are printed scrolls, for instance, from the Heian and Kamakura eras in Japan, which date back from 900AD. 

  • J.R.R. Tolkien, Sylvia Plath, Clive Barker, John Lennon, Shel Silverstein, Maurice Sendak, T.S. Elliot, and Evelyn Waugh are all authors we’ve probably heard of. What you might not know is that they all, at some point, illustrated their own books.


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