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I am working on a new PB where a girl has an imaginary friend. Can that be shown in illustrations? Or should I be rethinking the imaginary part? Any illustrators have thoughts on that?

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Sharon
#1 - October 06, 2013, 10:40 AM
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I'm not an illustrator, but a couple of ideas occurred to me. Perhaps you could draw the MC in color and the imaginary friend in black and white. You could also draw the Imaginary friend with a halo-like glow around her, or perhaps the MC could just introduce the imaginary friend as her-friend-that-no-one-can-see. Maybe the imaginary friend could be outlined in dashes.

As an illustrator, you can probably come up with much better suggestions, but there must be a way to do this that would work with your story.

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Oh no, I am so sorry Laurel, I should have mentioned I am not an illustrator. But as I was working on my PB, I started wondering IF it was possible. 

BUT your idea of the imaginary friend being in B&W is terrific! I think that would work great...so thank you for answering my question of Can it be done?

Thanks again!
Sharon
#3 - October 06, 2013, 11:06 AM
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well, it's not entirely the same thing, but I loved how Bill Watterson did Calvin and Hobbes. There was how Calvin saw Hobbes, and how everyone else saw Hobbes. As an illustrator, I'd think there are definitely some possibilities to get creative with an imaginary friend! I'm sure an illustrator would love a challenge such as this!
#4 - October 06, 2013, 11:57 AM
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YAY!!! onward with my PB then! Thanks so much Artemesia!
#5 - October 06, 2013, 11:59 AM
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YAY! It sounds really fun!
#6 - October 06, 2013, 12:57 PM
THIS LITTLE PIGGY (AN OWNER'S MANUAL), Aladdin PIX June 2017 :pigsnort
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In some of the Charlie and Lola books, Lola has an invisible friend named Soren Lorenson. He is rendered just in spot gloss -- so you can see him, kinda, but he isn't DRAWN at all. It's a cool effect.

I would suggest you not worry about how they will do it -- This sounds like it will be a fun challenge for an illustrator and art director, and a chance for them to make their stylistic mark. They like that!
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In The Family Circus, there is a character called "Not Me." When one of the kids does something naughty and a parent asks who did it, the response is often "Not Me," drawn as a simple black and white figure. (You can Google "Family Circus, Not Me" and you'll see the image).

Best wishes with your story!
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#8 - October 06, 2013, 02:38 PM
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This brings to mind a book written by Kevin Henkes, titled Jessica. Very sweet in capturing what you are looking for.
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This brings to mind a book written by Kevin Henkes, titled Jessica. Very sweet in capturing what you are looking for.

I second this recommendation!
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GOLDILICIOUS by Victoria Kann has an imaginary unicorn who sometimes appears solid, other times less substantial. DOTTY by Erica Perl, illustrated by Julia Denos, has a bunch of imaginary friends in it. I believe they are just shown as if they were there.
#11 - October 06, 2013, 04:06 PM
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#12 - October 06, 2013, 04:19 PM
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I second this recommendation!

I third it!
#13 - October 06, 2013, 06:15 PM

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There is also a lovely Picture Book by Australian author Catriona Hoy, called George and Ghost. George goes through scientific testing to see if his friend Ghost is real. Ghost is drawn as a conventional character, except when the proof tests fail and he disappears. But then love conquers all and he reappears. It is a gorgeous book, and I have not done it justice here. :(
#14 - October 06, 2013, 06:49 PM
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GOLDILICIOUS by Victoria Kann has an imaginary unicorn who sometimes appears solid, other times less substantial. DOTTY by Erica Perl, illustrated by Julia Denos, has a bunch of imaginary friends in it. I believe they are just shown as if they were there.

Yes, DOTTY! Oh how I love that book. I have an art crush on Julia Denos. I love her stuff.
#15 - October 07, 2013, 05:46 PM

Hi Sharon, I've read two PBs this year that each feature a character whom only the protagonists could see. You might want to check out:

The Django by Levi Pinfold
The Tear Thief by Carol Ann Duffy

Gorgeously illustrated, both of them.

Cheers,
Claudine
#16 - October 08, 2013, 06:47 AM
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Hi Sharon, I've read two PBs this year that each feature a character whom only the protagonists could see. You might want to check out:

The Django by Levi Pinfold
The Tear Thief by Carol Ann Duffy

Gorgeously illustrated, both of them.

Cheers,
Claudine

Ooh The Tear Thief. Some of the lines in that just take my breath away.
#18 - October 08, 2013, 02:33 PM

"Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend" by Dan Santat. Not released yet but you can see the illustration treatment on the cover if you look it up.
#19 - October 09, 2013, 07:55 AM
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Oh WOW! thanks you guys! I am making a list for books to check out! BB'ers are the best!
#20 - October 10, 2013, 01:35 PM
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