Kindle Image Resolution

OK, I just found this information out myself after trying to format my interior file for my book. I was receiving an error after submitting to the Preview Submission on Kindle. My error was that my images were too low resolution and only 220 DPI. I know for a fact that they were 300dpi when I inserted them! So..after attending a webinar today by Kindle Direct Publishing, I found that there is a setting on Word where you can select that your images are not compressed and that is what was happening with my images. If you are receiving errors when trying to submit your images to Kindle please look at your settings in your Word. Go to File>Options>Advanced>Image Size and Quality. Click on “Do not compress images in file”

Cartoon or Realism

So you have written a children’s book and you are thinking about what type of illustrations you want to tell your story.
You are stumped between if you want your pictures to look like cartoons or will they have a more realistic look?

You need to ask yourself who your audience will be. Will your story be for children in their very early years or for young adults? What is your story about and what type of characters will be shown? If your characters are creatures that are do not really exist, such as monsters or aliens you may want to show them in a more fun cartoon way if your audience is small children. You wouldn’t want to scare them away from your book! If you audience are young adults, then you may want to consider the realistic and scary image of the monster or alien because at that age the cartoon look may be too childish for them.

Cartoon images tend to have more vibrant colors than realistic images do. And young children are drawn to brighter vibrant colors, so that is why I tend to think that cartoon style is better for your younger children.

Really it is up to you and which way you think your story would better be portrayed!

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Creative Ideas

Here is where I am going to be posting some of my work. You can give me critique on my completed work, and my work in progress also known as WIP. Keep in mind, please keep in civilized, no need to be cruel. Only constructive criticism will be welcome! Any rude or nasty posts will be deleted! Please, no foul language either. Thank you!

Here is an old dragon I created back when I was just getting started illustrating for people. His name is boozer and is suppose to be a drunk dragon. I think I have improved on my dragon creation somewhat. This guy looks a little rough, but he has been taking quite a few nips!

OK here is a picture I am working on sorta for Halloween.  I have one where there is just the one face on the character and then I have one where there are two additional semi transparent faces. Which one is better? Also is there anything I can do to improve?

Smashing Pumpkins1
Smashing Pumpkins2

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