Good afternoon everybody!
Thank you for joining me today! I’m going to be sharing a status update with you guys on the journey of creating my short story.
This story is about a mouse, and he goes on this big adventure! It’s got 36 illustrations, so I’ve got my work cut out for me.
I’ve actually received some really good tips along the way about how to handle doing illustrations across a story.
One of the first things that I’ve learned from other artists is that you don’t want to start out at the beginning doing one illustration at a time.
Time is short. By the time you get to the end, you may be burned out or in a time crunch, and you don’t have enough time to invest as much at the end as you did at the beginning.
So instead, I went ahead and sketched out all 36 illustrations. I got them all sketched and ready to go. My concepts were honed – and honestly that’s probably one of the parts that takes the longest. How do I make this scene? What’s going to work? By hitting it out of the park first thing, across the board you’ve got a good trajectory for yourself.
One of the other lessons that I’ve heard or learned second hand over the years is that sometimes when people start the illustrations, by the end of it, the character looks different than when you started.
So another thing that I did was after the sketches, I went with my main character the mouse. I designed him, and when I found what I really liked, I used that and drew him out throughout the whole story. That way he was consistent.
Then I did the second character who would show up in the story.
Then the third, and then the fourth.
By the end of it, all your characters look pretty consistent. That’s a really easy way to make sure that you don’t get off track from start A to point Z.
Today I’m also going to be giving you guys a sneak peek into the illustration process and what sort of style that is going to be used for this book.
Long term, I’m hoping that this is the start of several short stories that will be compiled into a very thick, nice book full of illustrations, full of fun stories, things that you can enjoy with your family anytime.
The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis, for example, has meant so much to me. Even movies and plays – story itself – makes such an impact in our lives. We remember the valor and the heroism of these characters, the love and self-sacrifice. It makes a difference for us and I’m also hoping to make that sort of difference through my stories
What are some of your favorite children’s books? I’d really love to know. Feel free to message me down in the comments! I appreciate it!
Thank you for joining me today! Until next time! God bless! Bye!
– Brittany Barry