17 April 2006

How To Make A Book part three: First Story-board & Development


(This series of posts starts with part one and continues with part two)

I'm not entirely sure which came first - the story-board or the development sketches - as I started both around the same time. Armed with a loosely connected set of ideas I decided the best way to get a story out of it was by attempting a story-board.



The first story-board was a sequence of very rough pencil sketches. It gave me a general sense of how the story might pan out and the illustrations required.

While working on small a year earlier (a story I barely planned at all), I noticed that it took a dozen goes at something before I could draw it satisfactorily and consistently. This year I decided to have those dozen or so goes at each drawing BEFORE I started the book so that they'd be satisfying and consistent from start to finish. Accordingly, I began to fill sheets of A4 typing paper with sketches of the various things needed to illustrate my embryonic story. At this stage, I thought I needed one or more pylon style steel giants, one heavy plant, one or more giant beer mugs/cooling towers/flower-pots, one girl, one dad and one grandma.


Around the time I got bored of drawing slight variations of the same thing over and over again, I settled on the final look of each element. I did later change the odd thing but broadly speaking I knew how each thing would look in the final version of the book. The next stage was to colour them in different ways to see what worked best. Before I started with colour, I felt that gouache would probably work best but wanted pencil to work best because that would give me a better chance of finishing the project on time.


This test made my mind up. I had a go with pencil just to make sure but even before I started I knew I'd be completing the job with gouache.


1 comment:

Dick said...

Same as before, Dem - fascinating to see how you work. So much detail. I'm glad I deal only in words!