Tips on Making Children Picture Books -Part 1

Kemarin saya dan beberapa teman mendapat kesempatan untuk bertemu dan membantu Clavis Publishing dari Belgia untuk mengadakan workshop dan talkshow di Jakarta.

Acaranya sendiri bertema: Journey to Publication.
Making picture books Workshop & Talkshow
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Phillipe memberikan tips2 dari sisi penerbitan, sedangkan Pauline dari sisi ilustrasi dan penulisan buku. Dari beberapa workshop yang saya ikuti, banyak berbagai cara pendekatan yang berbeda, dari semuanya itu kita bisa mengambil mana yang terbaik dan paling cocok untuk sistem bekerja kita.

2Okaay kita mulai saja ceritanya ya, mulai dari konsep pembuatan buku berdasarkan Pauline, buku-buku Pauline adalah untuk usia 2- 6 tahun, kalau disini itu adalah usia balita dan preschool, garis garis karakternya tebal, warnanya cerah, dan bahkan ada seri yg memiliki merchandise boneka dan party supplynya.

Saya akan bercerita tentang apa yang Pauline berikan dulu ya. Kalau kita membuat buku yg pertama harus kita pikirkan adalah TUJUAN:

1. Untuk umur berapa buku kita dibuat? Temanya apa?

12-18 bulan– biasanya adalah board book, dgn tujuan supaya si anak tidak bisa merobek bukunya, tau sendiri bayi seprti apa toh?
2-3 tahun, biasanya tema berkitar tentang kehidupan sehari- hari
3-5 tahun, mulai ada tema dengan konflik ringan disekitar kehidupan anak, misalnya: pindah rumah, perseteruan dengan saudara, teman.

2. Apakah buku itu akan dibacakan oleh orangtua? Atau oleh si anak sendiri?
3. Interactive, buku yang baik haruslah interaktif, dalam hal ini memiliki kata tanya yg ditujukan pada anak, misalnya: “Lalu setelah ini apa yg terjadi?” , atau bisa juga berupa poin poin ilustrasi yg menarik sesuai dengan alur cerita; memilih warna baju atau warna celana.

4. Humor, kemasan humor tidak pernah gagal, anak anak dan orang tua menyukainya, jadi tambahkan sedikit humor ya
5. Edukasi tersirat, bukan berarti diakhir cerita ada tulisan: JADI ANAK ANAK KALIAN HARUS…. bla bla, bukan itu, melainkan edukasi keseluruhan dr cerita yg tersirat dalam dialog dan ilustrasi tanpa kesan menggurui.

6. Punchline:  istilah ini sempat membuat kami bingung, jadi saya copas dari istilah aslinya ya, supaya ada gambaran yg lebih jelas tentang punch line ini:

punch line (“punch-line” or punchline) concludes a joke; it is intended to make people laugh. It is the third and final part of the typical joke structure. It follows the introductory framing of the joke and the narrative which sets up for the punch line.

In a broader sense punch line can also refer to the unexpected and funny conclusion of any performance, situation or story.

Contohnya:
A Some men are about to be executed. The guard brings the first man forward, and the executioner asks if he has any last requests. He says no, and the executioner shouts, “Ready! Aim!” Suddenly the man yells, “Earthquake!” Everyone is startled and looks around. In all the confusion, the first man escapes.

A The guard brings the second man forward, and the executioner asks if he has any last requests. He says no, and the executioner shouts, “Ready! Aim!” Suddenly the man yells, “Tornado!” In the confusion, the second man escapes.

B By now the last man has it all figured out. The guard brings him forward, and the executioner asks if he has any last requests. He says no, and the executioner shouts, “Ready! Aim!” and the last man yells, “Fire!” [16]

According to this theory, the punchline is always the deviation, and it does not matter how many instances of A occur for there to be a punchline. However, jokes following the AAB structure are consistently rated as being funnier than their AB or AAAB counterparts.

7. Turning Points
turning pointof a narrative workis its point of highest tension and drama, or it is the time when the action starts during which the solution is given.

Silakan disimpulkan sendiri dan dianalisa kalau punya buku bagus, turning pointnya dimana, punchlinenya dimana.

Artikel ini bersambung dulu yaa , sekarang mari kerja dulu, besok saya sambung untuk bagian Phillipe bercerita 🙂

 

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KPK Book- Let’s Be Honest!

The Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi (KPK) is theIndonesian Corruption Eradication Commission, which was formed after special consideration on the extraordinary nature of corruption in Indonesia. I was asked to make an illustration for a children book that taught them to learn about the concept of corruption and being honest.

First the manuscript take the main character as a boy, and I just feel that a human character for this subject would be to mainstream, so I’m trying to thing about other character that can catch a child attention, a naughty critter from Indonesia,  a brave and wild one.

So my option goes to the red cat from Kalimantan, known as the bay cat or Borneo Cat. Look at his photo, isn’t he look scary and fierce? Haha.. anyway I won’t make a character so scary that children would run away by looking at him.But he end up like this. Cute isn’t he?img_20161201_0002

The story is teaching children to be honest, here the little kitten using his mother’s money to buy some ice cream without permission, so he’s a little overwhelmed and get a nightmare because of his guilty feeling.

And herewith the final version of the book, with a little bit additional story of traditional cake making as the background.

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I hope this book could teach the children to learn about honesty, and bravery to admit one mistakes and deal with the problem 🙂

IF- Village

It’s a book about a boy who play with his paperboat, the author request is to make character of a boy with Philippines background, although Philippines it’s still in the Southeast Asia, I still have to search the local content of Philippines house and style, along with their traditional dress and style.

click the link to view the drawing process 🙂

Coba Lagi.. Coba lagi… (Book- The Boy Who Can Not Tie His Shoes)

Grraaah!  I like my new shoes but why it’s so hard to tie it!

It’s a book about process,
a determination and a story about
a young boy who have a new shoes but don’t have any idea how to tie one.

First time I read the script, it gives me a wide smile,

I can picture  every single expression this little dude will be; happy, determined, stress, tired, relieved.

And I do wish that everyone who read this to their young, will express it while they read it, every single expression, and watch how the listener will also change their own expression, that will be fun!

Make this book as a fun one, make them learn about patience, process, and result, at last :).

Don’t you agree?

Just contact the publisher to get the book : aksaberama@gmail.com

From Rock to Rock – Children book illustration

The final result for my post about The frog who lost his home  .
Story by Ary Nilandari.

In this project I try to put the effort on the details, about the frog family expression, the mountain of stones that been taken away by the human, and the beauty of the ecosystem in this story. As this story are real life situation , about the rocks mining in Java, a little bit of Javanese culture is put inside the details, like the the “blangkon’ that the frog put on their head, the batik for dancing, and gamelan for the music instruments. Enjoy.. 🙂

Sketches and sketches…

:: Give our rock back!

:: Maybe we can do something…

:: From rock to rock we jump and play, from rock to rock we dance and sing!

Being a Shortlist Illustrator in Singtel Asian Picture Book Award 2013

Thanks to God.. 🙂 
In May I’ve got this delighting email from Singapore Book Council, saying that my illustration for ‘Cap Go Meh’ has been nominated for the Singtel Award, the shortlist was picked from 158 entries sent in from 19 countries. Not win yet but honored yes.. :). 

My friend, Sophie Dewayani the author also shortlisted for the author award. And this is the synopsis from the book, this book has not been published yet, wish us luck that we’ll find the perfect publication company.

Cap Go Meh *just click to view more about the inside illustration
Nisa, a Muslim girl, and Lili, a Chinese-Indonesian, debate over where cap go meh rice cake 
is the genuine icon of Eid Al-Fitr tradition or Chinese New Year celebration. After sharing 
the excitement of experiencing each celebration, both end up discovering what is more 
essential; that a dish is able to bridge diversity.