Tips on Making Children Picture Books -Part 2

Part 2

Okay, sekarang saya mau sharing tentang cerita Phillips,

Phillips Wreck ini bapaknya Clavis Publishing dari Belgia, dia punya konsep supaya masing2 anak meraih mimpinya lewat cerita2 di buku cerita anak, di awal sharing beliau banyak bercerita tentang konsep bagaimana kita harus punya ‘mimpi’ dan berusaha mewujudkannya.

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Saya seperti disentil juga dengan sharing beliau, di booster dengan diingatkan untuk lebih keras berusaha untuk punya suatu standar kualitas dalam setiap gambar yg saya hasilkan, dari situ kata beliau, tidak mustahil ‘mimpi’ kita akan terwujud, dia bercerita dari mulai buka stand kecil dipameran buku, yang ngak pernah dilirik orang, beliau tetap konsisten berusaha, mem-branding diri sendiri, dan sekarang sudah punya banyak perwakilan dimana2, dan umurnya sudah 65 tahun dan oke banget, malu deh kita kalo suka menggerutu ini itu tanpa berusaha. Suer! 😀

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Ada beberapa pelajaran yang beliau tekankan dari sisi pembuatan buku cerita anak. Kalau Pauline bercerita dari sisi penulisan dan karakter cerita, Phillips lebih banyak sharing dari sisi teknis sebagai publisher, dalam hal ini publisher Clavis ya, krn masing2 publisher memiliki poin poin yang berbeda.

  1. Alur karakter, karakter bergerak dari kiri ke kanan, karena arah mata cenderung bergerak dari kiri ke kanan
  2. Pastikan ukuran karaktermu, skalanya berimbang dr awal sampai akhir, jangan berubah2*kalau saya prosesnya bisa dimulai dari storyboard, jgn males bikin storyboard ya, it’s crucial !
  3. Kover, taruh karakter utama di kovermu, dgn mata memandang ke kamu, intinya ada interaksi antara karakter dan calon konsumen.
  4. Hati hati dengan lipatan tengah buku, jangan sampai objek utama terpotong ditengah, a big no no.
  5. Kalau mau menulis cerita,coba definisikan ‘akhir cerita’ dulu, kalau ‘akhir ceritanya’ sudah ketemu, awal dan tengahnya akan lebih mudah.
  6. Kadang ada cerita yang problemnya memang tidak terselesaikan, dan itu ngak papa, misalnya: seorang anak yang sakit, apakah dia bisa menolak jatuh sakit? Mungkin tidak, tapi kita bisa bercerita bahwa dengan sakit akan ada teman yang menjenguk, sakit akan sembuh, akan ada aktivitas seru dirumah waktu dia harus istirahat krn sakit. Problem sometimes can not be solved, but can be accepted.
  7. Keseimbangan antara teks dan gambar, tidak terlalu panjang dan harus seimbang dengan muatan gambar.

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Lalu ada pertanyaan tentang memilih karakter, apakah harus binatang atau manusia? Ada poin yg bagus disini, untuk cerita dengan beban emosi yg berat, misalnya tentang kematian, bencana, dianjurkan untuk memilih subject non-manusia, karena akan sangat berat untuk anak meng-analogikan karakter utama itu dengan dirinya sendiri ‘bila’ subjek utamanya adalah manusia, terlalu menyedihkan, terlalu ‘sama’ dengan diri si ‘anak’ itu sendiri. Dengan cerita yg seperti ini maka pilihan karakter binatang atau karakter imajinatif lainnya bisa diambil.

Nah demikianlah!
Jangan lupa, seringlah ikut workshop, forum diskusi, supaya kita bisa banyak mendapat masukan, beda-beda metode dari berbagai narasumber, ambil dan bungkus sesuai karakter kita, dan kalian pasti bisa membuat karya yang hebat. Semangat ya ilustrator buku anak Indonesia!

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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

Woosh…, The Wind Take the Egg Away (Wuusss…, Angin Membawa Telur Terbang )

An ant egg felt down from the tree. The wind flew the egg to several places. It had long and long journey to find its home. The wind flew the egg around the pond, garden, hill, school, market, housing, road and finally the wind brought the egg back home. Who inside the egg? What kinda egg it is?

It’s a book that have a story of process, journey, and surprising things.

Nowadays, children are eager with something instant. fast, entertaining, without remembering where it comes from, what’s the story behind everything. 
















When I first read the book script, I was excited of how simple the subject are, simple yet have a concept that teach the children about the process of a thing, how one aspect could effect the whole circumstances, what happen next, what if, ….

 :: alternative sketch




I’m using watercolor in this book, to give emphasize, natural look that this topics bring, I begin with research of plant that grows around my house, small plants, common one, that if you see it with a ‘big perspective’ – exist.  Pretending I’m  a lilliput :D.


Then, the situation around us, the market, the seller costumes, tukang kueh. common animals, 
and I love it, I love doing the process. Hope you all love it too :))

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




The Boy who can not tie his shoes

Hi! long time no see, been busy with all the stuff, drawing, projects, house cleaning..
Pfft, and really I’ve got to start writing again, been drowning in all the social media application, and realize that I just got to write and take notes in what I’ve been doing in this blog again! Wish me luck then!

Been working on this project and I really looove the story, it’s very simple, basic things of a daily routines in a child life, but it instantly caught my attention, it’s like the first time I read the stories, and all the gesture, the mimic, everything comes up and dancing on my head, well what I mean; in my mind.

After searching for some style, I comes up with many reference, in the internet you can find many things and learn many things, just do it like this: 25% browsing 75% working; this is what I always said to my daughter, otherwise if you take 75% browsing with an ‘ooh and aah’ for seeing all the masterpiece online, you will end up with only 25% working and exhaustion from all the excuse that you make that ‘you’ve been working by browsing’, umm  I’m blabbering again, okey back to the topic

This is all my reference, I loove all this illustrator, and hope I could learn from them 🙂 Ekaterina Trukhan, Mary Blair, Shinzi Katoh.

And I end up with my own personal style, I’m trying to capture the crispness of the line, the tidiness of the color and the main thing is, the ‘child’ inside a child character, frustration, happiness, hope, sadness and so on. Enjoy!