• Betty’s Children’s Books

    Betty’s Children’s Books

    Book Cover, Illustrations and Web Site – Little Things 2003, Whimsical Witty & Wise 2009, Shao Mei 2011

  • SHAO MEI – by Betty L. McDowell

    SHAO MEI – by Betty L. McDowell

    illustrations by Gabrielle Heron – design and layout by Adriana Cruces – 2011

  • Little Things – by Betty L. McDowell

    Little Things – by Betty L. McDowell

    illustrated and designed by Adriana Cruces – 2003

  • Whimsical Witty & Wise – by Betty L. McDowell

    Whimsical Witty & Wise – by Betty L. McDowell

    illustrated and designed by Adriana Cruces – 2009

  • Felt pen Illustrations on wood boards

    Felt pen Illustrations on wood boards

    illustrated by Adriana Cruces – 2016

  • Felt pen word Illustrations on 3 wood boards

    Felt pen word Illustrations on 3 wood boards

    illustrated by Adriana Cruces – 2016

  • Felt pen word Illustrations on 4 wood boards

    Felt pen word Illustrations on 4 wood boards

    illustrated by Adriana Cruces – 2016

  • Felt pen flower Illustrations on 3 wood boards

    Felt pen flower Illustrations on 3 wood boards

    illustrated by Adriana Cruces – 2016

An illustration is quite different from other art forms like paintings, sketches, drawings, or the fine arts. Although most often found in children’s books, illustrations are not just confined to the world of the young. They serve a much larger purpose and have various functions in our adult world.

The main purpose of illustration is to get a message across to the reader or viewer allowing them to better understand the context of a story. Illustrations can be absolutely breathtaking, but their role is to elaborate and clarify the meaning of the textual content or message. Good illustrations are intended to transform a simple or even a rather mundane message into an exciting and fascinating one.

Whether it’s a children’s book, or an e-book written for an adult audience, I absolutely love to bring it to life through the art of illustration!