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.
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.
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!
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.
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.