4 pages, and 17 to go! 

Yes Sir! It doesn’t seem like much, but designing and drawing 4 pages for a children’s book is a lot of work! 17 pages to go for my dummy book so i can show it around to agents or publishers. To demostrate i can design a children’s book. I would do more but working for money is the ultimate monkey. 

 
The four pages!  

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Thumbnailing Page 4.

I had to go back and thumbnail page 4. I thought the design could be better and tell a lot more in the scene. Over the parents shoulder with a sympathetic view of Annabelle. She’s trying to explain what she saw. Then her parents leave  and good night. This is the build up to the next page. 

If you got any questions or comments, let me know. 

  

Chill’in with Spot Illustrations!

For page three of “Annabelle’s Ghost,” i drew in spot illustrations for the comp sketch. What are spot illustrations? Spot illustrations are small images typically to enchance the story or article. Check out a magazine like the “New Yorker,” there filled with them. 

In children’s books, there used to build up tension, suspense, or lead up to in a important part of the story. What defines spot illustrations, there small and simple. Depicts a character interacting with an object or another character. You have to use your design sense on how to use them. If you use the same trick all over and over again, they’ll be visually boring. Mix and match, spot illustration, full illustration, to full spread, or free flow illustration. 

Remember to use thumbnail sketches before you committ to a fully designed illustration, or else you’ll regret what you drew. Design is what makes creating children’s books easier. 

Thank you for your time and if you have comments or questions, please let me know. I’d be happy to answer them. 

  

Page three is filled with spot illustrations. Used to build up tension or suspence in the story. The white spaces are used for type. 

Comp sketch! Page one, done son! 

What your looking at is a comp sketch of the first page of Annabelle’s ghost. Comp sketches are design ideas with clairity. Meaning the drawing, composition, and area of text are CLEARLY defined. Not just for me, but also a potential art director, editor, or audience can see your ability to enhance the story.

This is a major step for me, because for the first time, i’m completely satisfied with the design of page one! YES! This will go into my dummy book (which will be explained later). 

I have chosen the standard vertical format. Idea for traditional and self publishing. The comp sketch is 4x6in., perfect size for the dummy book. Let’s talk about the sketch… Annabelle is cornered at the wall of her bedroom. Something freaked her out. This shot has a bird’s eye view, ala “Alfred Hitchcock,” to create some tension, fear, mystery… 

The top part of the page will contain the text of the start of the story or the white area. They are light areas of the page so the text can be legible, very important!  

It’s also important to show Annabelle’s Room, It gives the audience a glimpse of the world i’m creating or tone of the story, a scary tone. Value and color will come into play later. Technical tip: don’t forget the gutter space, area of art you don’t need. The area of the gutter space might be cropped when published. 

I thank you for dropping by and learn a few tips about comp sketches. Stay tuned and share! Because i’m not done yet! Got questions or comments, let me know.  

 A comp sketch of “Annabelle’s Ghost.” 

Page one thumbnail…Cool! 

Hey there viewer! I finally drew a thumbnail of page one worth doing a comp sketch. A sketch with more clarity and detail. Let’s talk about the thumbnail to the upper right. 

It’s a full illustration with the text on the top. It shows Annabelle “cornered” on the bed freaking out. Birds eye view, off centered. I love the design because  there’s a bit of  storytelling involved and setting, which is in her bed room, and you don’t see what’s freaking her out. Better designed than the first illustration i did, it looked like Annabelle is on fire. 

Stay tuned for more as i turn it into a comp sketch and i’ll explain what a comp sketch later! 

Take it easy! 

 

Beefing up my portfolio!

I am improving my art and beefing up mu portfolio with this spot illustration, “Welcome to My Tale!” What i was painting for was value, shape, color harmony, composition or design, and storytelling. I’m satisfied with it so far, the next one with be a full illustration. The next update will be continuation of my road to the dummy book.

Welcome

What my portfolio lacks!

I’ve been illustrating for a long time now, mostly for news, magazines, comic books, and one children’s book. After visiting a peer group for portfolio review, i felt like i’m back to square one. They told me overall it’s good, BUT it can be better. I need illustrations of children, not just white kids every other ethnic group, no interior shots, not too many exterior shots, more story telling in your art, and lack of objects. That’s what i have to do because there’s a big children’s book event coming up, big names in publishing, agents, editors, and art directors are reviewing portfolios. A worthwhile opportunity i can’t miss!

Here’s the start with this spot illustration.

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Go Warriors!

Crap on a crud!

I find myself again taking or adding thumbnails to my pet project. Story still the same, it’s about what design makes sense or not and how to make the story visuallly interresting. Once i get this all straighten out, the next step is making a dummy book.

What is a dummy book? It’s like a precuser of what the book might look like. These small books must contain the story with the comp sketches, clearly rendered or drawn. You can print out the book OR save it as a PDF file. When i get to that, i will do a tutorial. Thanks for following along and it you have any questions, let me know!

Crud