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Anyone have any advice on how to start a picture book? A colleague of mine wrote a great story and is letting me illustrate as my first project. It most likely will be a mock project but if it works out, who knows? I am just having trouble on starting. I’ve sketched a couple of characters but I believe I just need guidance on how to proceed? Does anyone know of an online program on how to format it and such? I’m completely lost. Any input would be appreciated. Thank you
#1 - April 01, 2020, 11:54 AM

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Maybe this website will help: https://picturebookbuilders.com/  It's got so many wonderful articles about all aspects of PBs including artists' processes for illustrations. Good luck!
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Thank you so much for taking time to answer my question.
#3 - April 01, 2020, 07:32 PM

I'm sure you've already done this, but read dozens, hundreds, thousands of picture books, and see what you like, decide what style might suit the story. I find other writers/illustrators are my best teachers:)
#4 - April 03, 2020, 01:17 PM
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Read the manuscript through and make a storyboard either with thumbnail sketches or written descriptions of each illustration.  Then do character studies of the main characters, if you're going to do them.  Then do roughs for each illustration.  These are detailed sketches.  Pay attention to character and setting consistency.  Get feedback from the author at this point.  Or, if not the author, then at least a crit group.  Someone other than you.  Then do the finals. 

You just have to wade into it and get started.  One step at a time.  Just keep moving.  And it doesn't really matter if you do it on paper or on a computer.  Whatever you're most comfortable with. 

I do find it helps with consistency to do all the illustrations with common elements (same characters, same setting, whatever) together. 
#5 - April 10, 2020, 08:49 PM
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