Saturday, January 15, 2011

Male Youth Book Update: Illustrations

I'm adding illustrations this time around. We already know how more visual we males are, especially younger males. That was part of my concern when I began this new project. How to keep the attention of young male readers? I believe the combination of 'realness', a non-judgemental nor intimidating language and added visuals will be a decent enough effort to get their respect, along with their parents' and teachers' support. We'll soon find out, at least. In the meantime, here's a self-portrait of student/artist Ije Akpoke who came up with the sketches to match some of the chapters. Wait 'til y'all see this guy's work! His ability to capture their emotional realities is amazing! Thanks, Ije.

And again, Stay tuned...

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