“I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.”
Vincent Van Gogh
I’ve never written or illustrated a book before. So I don’t really know what I’m doing. I’ve thought a lot about the process of how I will tackle the creation of my book. For the most part, the writing is finished, although I think it will further evolve as the illustrations come to life. So, with my limited knowledge and experience, I’ve decided these will be my steps.
1. Write the story line. (check)
2. Assign the story line to pages. (check)
(I spent the last year looking at and drawing cows, thinking about my storyline and what kinds of illustrations I would like.)
3. Create my dummy. (In process) My dummy has all the pages laid out, with the text and line drawings of the illustrations. I am doing this in Adobe Illustrator.
4. Once I am satisfied with the layout (text, line drawings of illustrations, placement, flow etc) I will seek critique and review from various people of various backgrounds.
5. Once I feel completely satisfied with my layout and line drawings, I will print them onto watercolor paper. Maybe 5 to 10 copies of each page to start out with.
6. I will then paint the illustrations using watercolor, trying different approaches and techniques.
7. Next, I’ll scan in my paintings and finish my layout with the added color.
8. Here is where I haven’t quite yet decided on one thing. Should I lighten my lines before printing and go back over them with an ink pen after the painting, or do I use the vector graphic lines over the watercolor for my final product? I’ll probably try both ways and see which effect I like best.
9. Complete finishing touches.
10. Send out for critique and review again.
11. Then its off to the presses!
At this point I think I would like to self publish. We’ll see how I feel about that later.
So in the meantime, I need to research printers, research distribution, marketing, and figure out what the h I’m doing! Sounds simple enough, right? I think so.