Ânia Marcos
Ânia Marcos

The Recipe To The Perfect Picture Book Workflow

We’ve all seen it: The supposedly magic step-by-step workflow that guarantees you create the perfect Picture Book from scratch.

But when you sit down to follow “the recipe”, things don’t really work out.

So, what’s wrong?

Let’s pause for a second and talk about baking.

There are plenty of different ways to bake a carrot cake.

You can add cinnamon, chocolate, walnuts, almonds…

Adding oats instead of flour doesn’t make this less of a carrot cake. Just a different one (and depending on your taste, it might be even better!).

There’s only one ingredient you need in order to call it a carrot cake. Care to guess what that is?

Exactly. Carrots.

In the same way that there’s no one recipe to bake a carrot cake, there’s not one workflow to develop your Picture Book.

According to Wikipedia, a picture book combines visual and verbal narratives in a book format.

That means you need a story, pictures, and words. These are your carrots.

In the same way that fresh carrots make a better cake, a good story, manuscript, and art make a better Picture Book.

…but the process you come up with to get there is entirely up to you and how your brain works.

There’s no right or wrong. Just different options.

The only way to figure out what works best for you is to try different things.



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  1. Derrick "Captain Dutz" Utz - 4 years ago

    Great post Ania! I OFTEN overcomplicate the project by adding in way too many “ingredients” or just end up mixing them at the wrong time or have the oven too hot, lol! I need to remind myself that the process is not as hard as I make it so very often and to just pay attention to the basics.
    Great post and thank you for writing it!!!

    • aniamarcos - 4 years ago

      Thank you, Dutz!

      I can completely relate to your struggle as well. Happens to me all the time! But hey, that’s how we figure things out, right? 😀

      How’s your project coming along? Can’t wait to hear more about it! <3

  2. Ana - 4 years ago

    Hi Ania, just wanted to thank you for all the great posts you share, they’re very inspiring!
    I’ve tried a lot of times to follow someone else’s “recipe” only to discover that we all have our own way to do things. I guess we usually forget we can solve our own problems because we know ourselves better.

    • aniamarcos - 4 years ago

      Hi, Ana!

      Thank you so much for your kind comment, it means a lot to me 🙂

      And I LOVE what you just said. “we usually forget we can solve our own problems because we know ourselves better”. Boom. So true. <3

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