Getting started with Illustrating

Sketch Ideas

Once you have the story from the author, sketch some ideas for characters and the setting.
Discuss your sketches with the author and also with people who will be the readers of your book.

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Create thumbnails and a storyboard

The image on the right is from the book The Squirrels who Squabbled  which is illustrated by Jim Field. It shows the sketched out plan of the book illustrations which is then shared with the publishing team.

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Choose your technique

Once you have agreed to the storybook plan choose what art style will you use for your book. Choose one that suits your skillset.
Pastels? Coloured pencils? Paint? Digital art? Collage?

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