I’m hard at work on the 8th Knome book and wanted to share a bit of “behind the scenes” work with you…
A ‘classic’ pictures book consists of 24 pages of story and approximately 1000 words.
The next Knome book is going to be 32 pages long, but I’m still aiming at 1000 words, so it won’t take too long to read aloud when your kid is going to sleep.
I have finished the story, it’s about 1100 words now, so I still have some editing to do.
I’m now in the process of laying out the spreads, creating dynamic compositions and designing characters.
I make thumbnails of all 16 spreads on one sheet. This means I get an overview of the reader’s journey and experiences throughout the story. It also helps me make sure that I don’t repeat the same compositions, moods and angles.
This is a rough sketch of spread no. 4. It’s important at this stage to make ’empty’ spaces on the spread where the text is going to go, so it doesn’t ruin the composition once the text is added.
One of the things I enjoy the most is doing concept art. I’ve been doing it for years for LEGO and other clients, and now that I’m doing my own books the concept phase is still my favorite part of the preliminary work.
Here is a color test on a sketch of spread no. 5. In this book I’m going to deviate a bit from the style in the previous books. The Knome books are computer colored, as the 8th book will be, but I’m experimenting with different coloring styles to make the spreads look a bit less ‘computerish’.
Well that’s it for now. I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse of some work in progress.