Saturday, March 23, 2019

An Interview with Children’s Literature Illustrator Marjorie White McVey

An Interview with Children’s Literature Illustrator Marjorie White McVey
by Gina McKnight

Late last Spring, I had the great opportunity to meet with Ohio children’s literature illustrator Marjorie White McVey. Marjorie and I, along with Marjorie’s sister, author Betty White Jenkins, met at my barn office to discuss layout, design, and the creation of How do We Know That Spring’s Aglow?

Welcome, Marjorie!

GM: The illustrations for your new book How Do We Know That Spring’s Aglow? are fun and inspiring. What medium did you use to create the illustrations?
MWM: For the illustrations in the book, How Do We Know That Spring’s Aglow?, I used chalk pastels and colored pencils.

GM: Did you use a model or have inspiration for the characters and scenes in the book?
MWM: Mainly I tried to fit the drawings to bring the text to life.

GM: With the success of your first book, a sequel or series is expected from your fans! What are you currently creating?
MWM: Currently we are working on another book using the same format-- How Do We Know That Winter’s Aglow?

GM: What are your methods for layout and design when illustrating a children's book? Do you sketch the entire story first and then go back and apply color, or do you have a different method?
MWM: I  make a rough sketch of each page and then put it all together to see how it flows.

GM: In your opinion, and as an educator, what elements create the perfect children's book?
MWM: Simplicity, brilliant colors, appropriate grade level, and familiar subject matter.

GM: Can you summarize the illustration process to inspire other illustrators and motivate their creativity?
MWM: Just do it!!  Don’t be afraid to try!

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