Spotty & Eddie Visit PercÚ | Children’s book sketch thumbnails

By heather at 8:09 am on Wednesday, August 19, 2009

spotty and eddie visit perce thumbnail sketches notes

For those who are curious about the process of starting illustrations for a children’s book, thought I’d post a scan of the first pencil-to-paper (click image to see full size) on my latest project (Spotty & Eddie Visit PercÚ.) The first thing I do is print off the manuscript and mark with a pencil where I think the pages should be split up. Then I sketch thumbnails of the entire layout (cover to cover,) and start making simple notes on what should go on each page… this allows me to see if the story will fit the page count, and what ideas I need to combine into the same spread.

spotty and eddie visit perce thumbnail sketches notes

After thumbnailing, I go back to my InDesign layout, drop the manuscript in there with gray FPO (for placement only) image boxes where the illustrations will go, and write in little notes of what is to go on each page… I save this out as a PDF and send it to my authors/publishers for their feedback before I delve into proper sketches.

Filed under: work in progress, illustrations, childrens books, Spotty and Eddie

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Comment by Jess

August 19, 2009 @ 3:40 pm

This is incredibly helpful - thanks for posting!

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Comment by Aura Lesnjak

August 21, 2009 @ 1:10 pm

Hi Heather! I have been following your blog for some time now, I have learned so much! Thank you for posts like these…they will be a great help when I (very soon) begin to promote my business! Please keep it up for us newbies!
~Aura

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