|Illustrator-Writer Adrienne May|
AA: How did you get into writing?
AM: I came to writing by accident. My career destination is children's book illustration, especially children's picture books. However, designing characters and a world setting(s) are tasks that illustrators and writers must do. Writing was the result of thinking of children's picture books as visualized stories, rather than a series of isolated illustrations.
AA: With experience in fine arts, how do you approach writing the stories?
|"Jamaican Doll," by Adrienne May|
AA: How does that impact your role as an illustrator?
AM: In my illustrator role, I want to respond to the needs of the story, and update my drawings to reflect physical changes to the characters and world setting. (In one story a character became three years older, and I added three new characters.) While I draw, I ask myself what else is there to understand about the story. In the end, the illustrations ideally show details beyond the text.
AA: How would you describe "success" as an artist?
AM: From "Making Artists," and The New York Times article, "The End of the Great Big American Voice," by Anne Midgette:
"In the end, artistic success depends, as it always has, on intangible factors that no training program can provide. One is luck. Another is stubbornness."
'People who really persevere,' Ms. [Dolora] Zajick [mezzo soprano] said, 'find themselves in lucky places.'"
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