Tartan Meets the Queen | Concept Boards

By heather at 1:00 am on Monday, January 7, 2008

queen england buckingham children's book illustrations sketches

Developing concepts and thumbnailing is a step that I don’t often share with my authors, but is always the first thing I do before sketching in detail the layout of a children’s book. The first thing I do is break up the manuscript into chunks that I think would be fun to illustrate… basically dividing up the manuscript into however many pages the book will be. Then I brainstorm ideas and write notes for each spread, which gets out the cobwebs before starting to sketch! Then I sketch thumbnails (which are very small rough drawings) of each spread. By thumbnailing, I can work out where I want the text to go, what reference I’ll need to gather for the subject matter, and whether the compositions are working well. For “Tartan Meets the Queen,” by Charline Crous & Lauren Everton, I thought it might be interesting to share this earlier step with both authors to involve them earlier on in the creative process. You can see here some of my notes, thumbnails, and gathered reference materials for the story which I sent to the authors in PDF format.

queen england buckingham children's book illustrations sketches

queen england buckingham children's book illustrations sketches

queen england buckingham children's book illustrations sketches

queen england buckingham children's book illustrations sketches

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Comment by Beata

March 10, 2008 @ 1:56 pm

Hello ;-)
I am just a student who is about to illustrate the first book ever… I was looking for some tips and defenitely i need to admit your website is just lovely;-) Thank you for sharing your little secrets with me
Good luck in next projects

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Comment by Judi

June 28, 2008 @ 9:08 am

Hi there,
just wanted to say your site is absolutely brilliant and incredibly helpful. I love illustration and know I have a long way to go, so thank you for all the incredible insight you have given.
All the very best !
Judi

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