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.” 

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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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