Summer Reading with Salina Yoon

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Have you have seen the artwork for this year’s CSLP (Collaborative Summer Library Program)? Does it look familiar? It should because the artist is Salina Yoon. She had shared about this with me a while back and I had questions about the process.

Salina answered a few questions for me about the process below.

How did you even get selected for it?

Chrissie McGovern, the President of the CSLP at the time, was a big fan of my books. She proposed me to her group of librarians on the committee for the selection process. Once I was selected, Chrissie reached out to ask if I’d be interested. Needless to say, I was overjoyed and responded with an enthusiastic YES!

What’s it like, creating the art for the posters?

I felt humbled by the task, and felt greatly honored to be asked. It felt daunting to me at first because I was not creating just the art for the posters. Each poster set required 5-8 pieces of spot art as well, but more were created so they’d have a choice in which they wanted. All in all, I created over 40 pieces of art for this assignment. It was very involved, but so well worth the experience!

Where did the theme come from?

The theme, “Tails and Tales,” was created by the CSLP committee specifically to suit my art style since they knew that most of my characters were animals. I rarely illustrate humans, so they chose an animal-friendly theme just for me!

Was it hard to make art for every age group?

I was asked to create the art for all four programs: for Early Learning, Children’s, Teen, and the Adult programs. The first two children’s programs were a breeze because it was in the style of my picture books. It came natural to me.

For the Early Learning set, I created a poster with farm animals with a special nod to Charlotte’s Web, a treasured children’s classic. For the Children’s set, I illustrated fun jungle animals. But it got tricky for the Teen and Adult posters because my style wouldn’t work for that group. I had to experiment and come up with a whole new style for those, and it took multiple attempts to get it right. 

Have you done anything like this before?

I’ve designed posters for children before, but never for teens or adults. I was so worried that I couldn’t get the teen and adult posters right that I even asked the CSLP if they were sure that they’d like me to do it! I wasn’t too confident that I could pull it off, but fortunately, Luke Kralik, the head of the Teen/Adults committee, was! His confidence in me gave me the courage to try. Being a professional illustrator doesn’t mean we never feel scared or insecure. We do, but as a professional, we try to fight through it and grow from the experience. 

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