Original article by John Wallace found on : wordpool.co.uk
The Relationship between Writers and Illustrators
Which comes first, the manuscript or the picture? In a book where the author and illustrator are not the same people, it is always the words which come first.
Illustrations by silvinafranzani for Los cuatro animales sedientos, short story written by José Sanabria.
What does this mean? Well it's good for the writer. He gets to do many of the juicy things, like choose all the character's names, and work out who does what and who is like what. But it's also bad for the writer, because he is the one presented with the blank sheet of paper to fill in. He has to invent the whole lot, characters, places, plot, and theme - the whole works.
Illustrations by vleta for Hansel and Gret