Great news! I'm illustrating another picture book!
I'm thrilled to be diving into illustrating a new picture book, Boomer, written by my cousin, Lorraine Fitch.
I'm very exited to be able to bring this story of a loyal farm dog to life. Boomer loves to keep his sheep in order!
This is how it starts:
1. I print out the text
2. I fold together nine pieces of ledger paper into a dummy book.
3. I break up the text (14-16 sections for a 32 page picture book) and paste each section onto a spread of the dummy book to establish the page turns and get an idea of what each spread's story will be.
Now I have the first edition of the picture book -- the text dummy. This also provides me with a sketchbook of sorts for the story where I can doodle and sketch out visual ideas for each spread. This is where the visual storytelling starts.
After my first explorations into the visual story, I start developing the characters.
I hope you've enjoyed the start of a new picture book. I sure am enjoying it!
Stay tuned for more updates as the process continues of picture book making!