We’re so excited to have Lawrence author and artist Lindsey Yankey joining us for a very special storytime on December 10. Yankey is the author and illustrator of two whimsical books for children which you can find right here at your library.
Bluebird tells the story of a young bird who finds her confidence while looking for her friend, Wind. Sun and Moon is an original fable where Moon learns to truly see all the beauty that happens in the night.
Ms. Yankey kindly answered a few interview questions we had for her. You can ask her questions of your own when you come to visit her at storytime on December 10. Come back in the afternoon to browse selections from many other regional authors at our annual Great Writers Right Here author fair.
5 Quick Questions for Lindsey Yankey
What’s the best part of being an artist?
Being able to play and use my imagination! I love the creative process and working with my hands and using a variety of materials.
How do you make the pictures in your books?
First I determine what scenes I’d like to illustrate. Often times I make a word list of things I want to include in the illustration or goal I may have for that page. Like with the page in Sun and Moon with the kids dreaming, I wanted to leave little hints around the bedroom of what the kids were dreaming about. After my word list I’ll start little sketches called “thumbnails.” These are quick small sketches to work on basic layout for the major elements, working towards the best composition and text keeping in mind the text layout. Then I decide which of the thumbnail sketches works best, as an individual illustration and in relation to the pages before and after it. From there I begin thinking of my color choices and materials I want to use. And then I get to work on the final illustration!
What advice do you have for young artists?
- Keep drawing, even with you think you’ve made a bad drawing. Start over, try again, or move on to the next idea. Just keep drawing.
- Make your own fun. What ever that means to you. Painting, drawing, building with scraps found in your garage. Have fun with it!
- And keep exploring what your interested in. Take it to the limits and keep your mind open for other budding interests along the way. You may start drawing a still life of fruit and discover really all you’re interested in is the skin of the pear or where that pear has been before it was in a bowl on the table.
Who is your favorite character from your books?
Matilda from Roald Dahl’s Matilda.
Tell us about what you’re working on now. What should we look for next from you?
It’s still under wraps so I can’t say much, but I’m in the beginning phases of illustrating a beautiful story about the relationships between a girl, her grandmother and their neighbors.