Character Design -
1. Quick, rough sketches of how I imagine the main characters look.
2. Developing each character: sketching the head at different angles, with different facial expressions, sketching the character in full, creating the character's wire frame for animating, sketching three different active stances (walking, running, slinking along - thanks, Nina Rycroft - check out her Skillshare courses!) and exploring other actions.
These sketches will never appear in the book.
Thumbnails and story-boarding.
You are welcome to check in regularly to see how my picture book develops.
The tools of my picture book preparation. Nothing high tech. yet!
1. Sketch book
2. Watercolour sketch book
3. Different colour fine liners
4. HB propelling pencils and lead
5. Red, Blue and Green Staedltler Mars propelling pencils and lead
7. Tombow Mono eraser
8. Washi tape
You can read about my journey here:
A writing friend has assessed the manuscript, and revisions have been made.
Having the manuscript assessed again to check that all loop holes and issues are sorted.
How many times do I need to storyboard the manuscript before I am happy with it?
Not a clue!
Creating a proto-type illustration to help me figure out how to keep the story and illustrations cohesive.
7 storyboards so far, and these are only text-based - working out page turns, pacing, etc.
The necessary 'grunt work ' of illustrating a picture book
Research sketches help me 'learn' about the composition of my inspirations:
Auntie Betty Illustration - a journey through life with art.