ILLUSTRATING YOUR BOOK and spin-off marketing products!

I DABBLE IN IT ALL. Below is a random collection of the kind of work I do that can be helpful in a variety of ways. Illustrative sketching, posters, cards, bookmarks, coffee mugs, photo enhancement.

MARKETING MUGS: Designed for members of my book launch team.
Mug by Brenda Wilbee

POSTCARDSPostcards mark you the professional you are. They can be used for thank yous, reminders, follow-up queries, and they make great giveaways at speaking engagements.
Seattle Museum of History and Industry
POSTERS and FLYERS: Generated in Illustrator, this kind of art can be expanded to any size, handy for speaking engagements. Unlike images that will pixelate when enlarged, this vector-shaped software creates clean, sharp images that can go small or go big. It makes no difference to the quality. It's why I favor Illustrator.
No Limits poster
BOOKMARKS: By far the easiest and most economical publicity you can have!
Bookmarks by Brenda
PHOTO ENHANCEMENT: Pictures say a thousand words! But putting them in your book can be a challenge. One, unprofessional photographs don't translate well. Two, we have this pesky thing called "dot gain." Ink absorbs into the paper and designers work closely with printers to minimize this. Photographs can go very gray very fast and more often than not need some light brought into them. As in the picture below.
People writing their memoirs have all kinds of family photos in a shoebox. Seriously challenging. The 1908 picture below was badly scratched and, cameras being what they were, quite fuzzy. I was able to eliminate the worst of the damage and Godfrey Victor's face looks a whole lot better.
Godfrey Victor 1908
I particularly enjoy colorizing old photos! Check out Freda Eloise! A 1918 photo!
Freda Slade Wilbee
SKETCHES: An alternative to photographs is selective sketching. In this first example, I didn't need all the details of the men or the building. By picking and choosing white space, I was able to provide focus on the billboard and bunting of Skagway AK's infamous gold rush mob headquarters.
Illustration by Brenda Wilbee, Soapy Smith
In this sample, I worked with a public domain sketch of Herring House, one of seventeen Duwamish villages of the Seattle area in 1852. I want convey the reality of established native life prior to white settlement. A picture is worth a thousand words.
page from Brenda Wilbee's updated Sweetbriar book

Hope this gives you a good idea of how I can help you
with illustration—for your book and all your marketing products!


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If you want to talk with me about illustration (I use Adobe Illustrator),
I'd love to hear from you.
Brenda@BrendaWilbee.com
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