Illustration for children’s book is not just about how skilful one’s drawing technique could be. In fact, illustration is all about communication, how the illustrator conveys stories or ideas or concepts for the viewers/readers through images. To be a good visual communicator, we must be able to appreciate the basic idea of “Visual Literacy”.
About the Illustrator
Lee Kow Fong, or Ah Guo, graduated with a BA(Hons) in Chinese Studies from National University of Singapore and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Translation and Interpretation from Nanyang Technological University. He received his MA in Children’s Book Illustration from Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University, UK in 2011. Since then, he has been actively involved in the promotion and creation of picture-book in Singapore. Presently, he is putting in full-time effort in pursuing his passion in illustration, writing and picture-book. He is also a regular columnist on Lianhe Zaobao and provides adjunct teaching at several institutions including Ngee Ann Polytechnic and National Institute of Education. A prolific painter, Kow Fong has held several exhibitions showcasing his digital and water-colour illustrations in recent years, including “The Colour of Silence” (2013), “The Songs of Wind” (2014), “Dreamscape” (2016), “Wonderful Day” (2017) and “So Much Fun” (2019). To date, he has published close to 20 books in Singapore, among which majority are Chinese picture-books for young readers. His latest picture-book “The Search” was awarded “Best Children’s Title” in 2016 Singapore Book Awards and has ventured into overseas market including China, Korea, Hongkong, Vietnam and Malaysia. Kow Fong is now a resident artist of the Chinese Media Group, Singapore Press Holdings Pte Ltd. 阿果专页Personal page: leekowfong.com