Ran into a road block again, the only way to problem solve the design, is to draw it out. Sometimes working your thoughts out on a sketch book really helps big time! This is the start where Annabelle get’s chased by the ghost. It’s all about design and the scene that best enchance the story.
More WIPs on the way!
This fun project is themed around, “Adventure!” A personal project that’s going great! The story centers around a brother and sister as we see snipets of there adventure! Think Indiana Jones, Tomb Raider, and Rick and Morty. One the drawing is done, the next phase is to scan the art and use a paint app.
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.
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.
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.