An observation with my book project.
Marsha Kay Ottum Owen
I am still working on my book project. I had it all pretty well layed out as to the pages so, I decided to start working on the larger pages with the final compositions. I do it tradtionally, btw. It takes me a long time to get to this point and I'm sure it isn't pefect but...that's off track. I am doing a counting book where Uncle Carl has chickens roosting on him, first one on his head, then one on his neck, etc. until he has 10 chickens on him at the end. It's been challenging! Well, I decided to work backwards from the last page to the first and it's been great because I put my energy into the more complicated pictures first and worked toward the easier ones and wow! What a difference it makes. I don't have to dread those complicated ones but look forward to doing the simpler pictures which movtivates me to finish sooner! Just something to think about. These projects can get old and hard to stick with at times but going backwards? I recommend it. Have a nice day!
Funny, that is exactly how I approach a large project - I never thought about it, but it's true - tackling the most complicated illustration near the beginning makes it less scary!
One difference though is that I do one of the simple one first and then go from the most complicated to the simplest one. I feel I need to nail the style and approach for the whole project on a very simple illustration that I can redo several times if needed, until I know how the process will be - like a study item before I go into the real thing. I will normally have to redo it at the end anyhow, because the approach will shift during the project and the first illustration stands out as different.
Marsha Kay Ottum Owen
@smceccarelli I did my comps about 4 x 5 inches and redid them quite a bit so I was practiced ..I thought..but I can tell I will need to redo a lot. Well, I will need to make some alterations. These are still just line pencil drawings that I redraw and erase on over an over again. But they are larger. I will leave them up on the wall to look them over for a couple of days and look for what need to fix and then get back to work. It helps to have them a distance away so I can see them overall. With my last book, I layed them out on the floor and stood on the couch :-) I still have SO much work to do.....