Thursday, September 15, 2011

My Process: Picture Book Dummies

Final Book, "Toddler dummy", "baby dummy"
Today is the release of Road Work Ahead!

I thought I would share more of my process in illustrating the book. I started to get in the habit of making a mini dummy of my initial sketches, which is quite helpful in seeing how the pacing and page turn works out.

The "baby dummy" is about 3" x 3" in size, and I mock this up for myself before even sending the sketches to the art director. I spend a few days flipping through it and making notes right on the dummy, before revising the sketches. I find it helps so much in making sure there is continuity between each spread.

 So after the first round of sketches to the art director, there were a few adjustments to the pagination of the story. This book has very simple text and the art does alot of heavy lifting, so it was very important my illustrations added a rich layer to the story that the text doesn't necessarily spell out or say.


After reading the notes and making revisions, I make a "toddler dummy," which is around 5" x 5". A bit bigger so I can really see the little details I might want to add, or subtract.

And now the book is out into the world! This book is perfect for little boys who loves cars and trucks and all things construction! (and I'm also hoping little girls will like it too!) 

Road Work Ahead, written by Anastasia Suen, published by Viking, illustrated by yours truly, is out now. Buy on amazon, BN, or your favorite local indie bookstore. :-)




P.S.-Thank you SO MUCH for all the lovely comments on here, Facebook and twitter about my last post. I haven't written one of these from-the-heart posts in a while, and especially with some crazy stuff thats been happening in my personal life, I know I need to stop once in a while and smell the roses. Here's to many more dreams coming true.

16 comments:

ilanaexelby said...

Nice post! Thank you for sharing!! x

Lisa M Griffin said...

Great post. Wonderful to see your process and your book dummies too!
TFS, lisa

Di said...

Thanks for sharing your process.

yoon see said...

Such an inpsiring process Jannie.
Thank you for sharing your sweetest joy to us drom the start to the finished work:)

I really love the full range of dummies to the actual colour book.
Of all, they are all priceless!

Congrats once again Jannie!

Elisa Chavarri said...

I love the mini dummy books idea! Beautiful colors on the finals!

Michelle said...

These are so awesome to see! I love seeing people's process' and sketches. Thanks for posting! =D

Jennifer Noel Bower said...

So awesome to see. Again, loved learning more about the process.

WendyMartinArt said...

Thanks so much for sharing.

Morena Forza said...

Hello Jannie, as I wrote on Twitter I've decided to translate the post in Italian so a lot of people who don't speak English can read your interesting words.
Thank you for sharing this :)
I love reading about processes, especially for books!

here you can find the post:
http://robadadisegnatori.blogspot.com/2011/09/sbriciamo-nel-work-in-progress-un-albo.html

Annie said...

It looks really beautiful!! Congratulations! Thank you for sharing the process :)

Jamila said...

Cute book! Congratulations and thank you for sharing a little about your process. :)

lil kim said...

Great post and congrats again!! it looks fantastic and you're right that your artwork definitely does a lot of heavy lifting!

Shutta Crum said...

Jannie--Congrats! I LOVE your art. Way to go. Shutta (We met on a panel about publishilng about a year ago.)

Russ Cox said...

Thanks for sharing your process. The book looks great!

Adam said...

Thanks for sharing your process and layouts! Looks great! :]

Will Terry said...

Thanks for sharing!