Writers seem to really like the visual post I did recently on the types of picture books and illustrations I’d like to see in my inbox, so I figure, why not do some more for other genres/age groups I rep. This one will be slightly different since I’m not looking for specific types of illustrations, but more to express the mood and tone of what I want to see. Keep in mind, these are just some of the things I’d love to find, not a definitive list. I’ll add to as I think of others.




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Southern Gothic

fairy tale...

via Lemonade and Lenses


Ghost stories

This looks *really* creepy from a distance.


(love the similarities here to Pan’s Labyrinth, which is the perfect example of what I mean by weird/strange)

Kalyptra. Creepy. Reminds me of Pan's Labyrinth.


Circus/freak show

Think Big Fish 

Merissa and the creepy twins. [Demonic Circus by vinegar.deviantart.com]



Not necessarily retellings, but something with the feel of fairytales.

OP: Color use = awesome. And to think when I was little I hated minimal color found in books like Amelia Bedelia.  Peter Donnelly - http://www.donnellyillustration.com/



But not European, Greek/Roman, or Egyptian. They’re overdone.

Abstract Wine Staining Painting OOAK Fashion Illustration Pencil Drawing Burgundy Red Wine Dress Beautiful Figure Drawing ohtteam



New treatments for great works of literature or legend (not just fairytales)

Clueless = Emma by Jane Austen








O Brother Where Art Thou = The Odyssey by Homer




There's a story in here somewhere.

52 Powerful Photos Of Women Who Changed History Forever ... Photograph of a samurai warrior. [c. late 1800s]



The stories she could tell . . .

Contemporary realistic

But not issue-driven (suicide, anorexia, rape, etc.)



Set in the West/Southwest

Jackson Lake, Wyoming*

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Capitol Reef National Park, Utah*



The braids are so cute, with the messy look....and the Eiffel tower in the background makes everything right.. .:)

"Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's success." - Oscar Wilde Your New Life - See how to cure diseases of the mind that stop success!



This, but when they’re teens.

Okay.. I can't wait to have sons! I want two little boys like this and an old truck to take adorable pictures like this!!

Tight-knit group of boys who’ve known each other forever.

These Family Photo Recreations Are The Best Things You’ll See All Day. What is Going On In #20??



Healthy family relationships

kristendukephotography.com 13 CREATIVE Family Picture Ideas for your next family photo session!


photo poses - great idea for chapter 'family'? @lexi Pixel Huffman  Me holding little ones, with L in the back?


Diverse characters


Authors from marginalized groups



*These images © Michelle Witte