How to get consistency in many different pieces.
Eric Castleman last edited by
One of my concerns when one day getting a job to do a book (hopefully) is the consistency between each image, in both design and detail. Are there any excercises any of you do to pull off such things?
Marsha Kay Ottum Owen last edited by
@Eric-Castleman Good question, Eric! One tip I have been given when asking that question is to keep the character sketches etc. close at hand so that you can easily refer to them. I did one small book and I wouldn't say I'm an expert but I looked back at the characters and compared. I also tried to use a limited color scheme so I wouldn't have to worry about the colors (traditional work so I didn't have a file to return to or anything as I think you can do digitally?) I'm sure there are others with more experience than I who can give you better answers but, for what it's worth :-)
NoWayMe last edited by
I think you are in the right track! Looking at your recent work, you are developing a style that look consistent!
I think the key thing is practice (I know it's a sucky tip, but I really feel that looking at your work the consistency is getting better with each illustration you do!)
A few more "concrete" tips :
- What I usually do when working on a book ( I did 2 so far for very small publisher; so I am not an expert) is working on several images at once, and working in disorder (i.e. not page 1 then 2 then 3... but page 7 then 4 than 10 then 3) If you do them in order, there is more chance that page 1 and 32 won't look consistent simply because your work evolved with the book.
- Reuse the same color palette (very important!)
I hope this helps!