Drawing Stories… Part Three

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After I had sent the thumbnails to Jeff (and a second set, because we had an idea for a revision of the original story), I began working on a Book Dummy of each version of Zero and One.

A Dummy is an important step in the process of illustrating books for children. If an author/illustrator has an idea for book they want to submit to a publisher, or if an artist is being used by a publisher to illustrate for another author, creating a Dummy is a good way to convey what the finished book will look like. Dummies help the artist, author, and publisher to see how the story will flow, how effective the “page turns” are, and what the artist’s ideas are for illustrations.

Most Dummies are usually made by cutting 4 sheets of
paper in half, so you have 8 half-sheets of paper…

Next, you fold those half-sheets in half
and “nest” them together to form a tiny book.

You can staple the edges of the Dummy together,
or just use a rubber band to hold the pages together.

I like the rubber band method, since you can
make corrections more easily…

Next, you number the pages 1 – 32…

And if you take the pages back apart, you’ll
see it starts to get complicated exciting!

If you notice, pages 16 & 17 are on the same piece of paper, but the next sheet of paper has pages 14 & 19. Which means if I had a two-page spread illustration on pages 14-15 or pages 18-19, they would be cut in half to make the Dummy… or the printed book. The ONLY illustration in a 32-page children’s book that wouldn’t need to be cut in half at the printer’s is the centerfold illustration. But printers are pretty savvy to this information… it’s just us artists that can get a bit confused!


 So… I made two Dummies for Jeff, and two for me.

One each of each version, and each version
looked alot like the other version.

You should have SEEN my living room floor as
I was trying to organize all those little pictures!

If you look closely at the copies on the right,
you’ll see how the two-page spreads had to be cut
apart to make them work in the Dummy!

It was rather exciting!

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