Posted by: Robin Koontz | March 24, 2012

Stepping back

Today I completed the finals for the third book I was hired to illustrate, another one that I also wrote. And this time, the dang writer was a wee bit wordy! It was a challenge to allow enough room for all that pesky text, gripe grumble…

This is a view of three of the spreads as of this afternoon. Though all are done, I probably shouldn’t show the entire book. The colorful woman is the town mayor, the boy is a braggart, and the beaver is of course, Rumpelstiltskin!

It’s a great feeling of being at least almost done after so many decisions about setting, characters, color, design, etc. Viewing all the spreads at once is a great way to step back and catch the errors/inconsistencies by looking at the book as a whole, not just individual pages.

Writers don’t really get that opportunity, do we? Yes! We can upload a manuscript to the Kindle Cloud and then download it to an e-reading device. If you don’t have a Kindle, Nook, iPad, whatever, Kindle has a free version you can download that works as an e-reader on your computer.

There are probably other options, but in any case, this way you can read your book as if you bought a real book. For me, it’s a really helpful way to work on my writing. There is something about my story being a book of sorts, not just manuscript pages, that makes it easier to be objective and critical.


Responses

  1. Cool idea, Robin. Thanks for sharing that! Dawn

  2. Nice Illustrations! 🙂 When is the book going to be published? I am looking forward to seeing it. It must feel great to be almost done. “If you don’t have a Kindle, Nook, iPad, whatever, Kindle has a free version you can download that works as an e-reader on your computer.” Wow…I am going to download the free version. Thanks!

  3. I love your illustrations. They have so much character. It’s fun, too, to see behind the scenes into how a picture book comes to life from the artist’s perspective.


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