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I found some treasures for you:

Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist​ by Julie Leung

Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist

This story is about a Chinese immigrant, who traveled to the United States illegally, found a place to call home, and a job as an illustrator at Disney Studios. Tyrus Wong is the conceptual artist who inspired the style of Bambi, although he did not receive the credit nor the compensation he deserved at the time of its opening. Tyrus Wong is a personal inspiration to me and has influenced my art throughout the years. Paper Son is a beautifully illustrated memorial to his immigration narrative. 

By Julie Leung
Illustrated By Chris Sasaki

Steps You Can Take Today to Write a Picture Book

  1. Start an Idea Journal or Sketchbook. Write down story ideas, sounds that you notice throughout the day, words that stick out to you, keep track of color palettes you find, etc. Look for patterns in all things—for example, a group of words that inspire you. I like to title the patterns that I see.
  2. Create a style board on Pinterest or paper that defines your taste in picture books. Look for patterns and identify your style "family." Once you've selected a few images, Pinterest will offer pin suggestions that fit within the style family you've chosen.
  3. Sit down with pen and paper and write. There is no substitute for this step. Eventually, you will have to take up Nike's motto and "Just Do It." I suggest writing by hand, but in general, whenever you get stuck, you can try switching your mediums. Try using crayons!

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