How to get consistency in many different pieces.
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
@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 :-)
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!