YSYS: Dummy Book Re-Worked (part 2)

Here are some more reworks, redesigns, redos, and new sketches.  While I'm drawing a character over and over, I mostly just need the outline/sketch to know where to take it from there.  I'll worry about the detailed drawings when I start the paintings.  I have to admit, I had much fun doing these ones.

To see the first draft of the dummy book, you can look here.

Folio Academy

Did you know the top phrases typed in on youtube relate to this question: "how to draw?"

That's why I'm sharing these new online art courses, from the new "Folio Academy," who just got their website up!

Click here: http://folioacademy.com/  

...to check them out and watch sample videos.  Each course is taught on video by successful, professional artists.  You can learn everything from the basics (drawing/painting/watercolor/ceramics/sculpture/etc) to refining your detailed advanced work of art.  Folio Academy makes it easy to understand and you can watch them as they create the entire way.

Little Miss Muffet

So I'm taking "Children's Book Illustration" again this semester.  I wanted to show off my first finished painting for this class!  Our first assignment was to illustrate any scene from "Little Miss Muffet."

And now...... here is my very first DIGITAL painting:  
(drum roll... badabadabadabadabadabda.....)

Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet
eating her curds and weigh.
Along came a spider
who sat down beside her
and frightened Miss Muffet away.

YSYS: Dummy Book Reworked (part 1)

Dummy Book in the in reworks, fix-ups, and redo's process!

(see first original Dummy Book here)

After much thought and great feedback from all of you, I'm redoing a ton of it!  Here's what I have redrawn/replanned/redesigned so far:

I added hippo to the flamingo spot illustration so we can see them interact as Flamingo tells him how to walk.

YouShouldYouShould: Size Relationships

A friend I recently made, Arthur Nichols who is a renowned comic book and storyboard artist and designer, who has worked on several TV series, videos, and video games, gave me a great suggestion.  He pointed out the inconsistency of size relationships between my characters, and that the hippo ought to be much larger compared to many of the animals.  He said line them up next to each other in a drawing, and stick it on your wall to refer to as you draw.  So here they are!  On my wall!

I drew this up a while ago.  This is the final character design for Hippo!!  Isn't he cute??  He's also up on my wall.

This is what I have for the title page (not the book cover art).  The page on the left with blank space is there for all the important information stuff.  I feel like it starts the story off.

YSYS: Changing the Title?? Help

Big Question!

Someone left a helpful feedback comment pointing out the fact that the story begins "You should! You should!" and then suddenly we read "must," and "ought" out of the blue, and that they felt it may be a little inconsistent.  I personally don't think this is a big problem, but it has caused me to wonder if the story could benefit from a change in the title.

So what do you think?  What if this story was titled:

"You Should Must Ought" 

"You Should, You Must, You Ought"

"Should Must Ought"

"You Should You Should"

By Ginny Tilby      

...I still get a kick out of seeing my name there :)

Thoughts?  Comments?

YouShouldYouShould: Dummy Book

Here's the dummy book! 

Remember feedback is appreciated, especially in this stage--it's a critical part of the process.

I used Photoshop to edit and clean my sketches a bit (some are pretty scary still) and put them in Adobe Illustrator to insert text.

What?  You don't know what a dummy book is?  It's okay, this time you're not the dummy.  ;)

A dummy book is a sketched "rough draft" of the book, to check for:
  • interesting page turns,
  • make sure the story flows well and makes sense,
  • consistency with text placement,
  • variety in scenes (up close, far away, lots of characters, few characters)
  • variety in design and compostion, (otherwise the book can get boring)
  • make sure the pictures match the mood
  • ETC!

Now without further ado: