Lesson One: The Character Sheet
In order to have everyone starting out in the same place I decided we will work on the illustrations for a popular fairy tale. I am pretty certain everyone is familiar with the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Here is the Brothers Grimm version: http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm053.html Please, use text from this web site for your illustrations so we have a common beginning. Thanks!
For today’s lesson choose two characters and develop a character sheet for each. Have at least one smiling face, one frowning face and one other expression for each character.
To view an assortment of character sheets by artist Aaron Zenz, visit the character design section of his web site here: http://aaronzenz.com/characterdesign.html
Bonus points awarded to anyone who adds completed bodies to each character or has the characters interacting in some way.
Post a link to your character sheets in the comments if you would like a critique.
Lesson Two: The Storyboard
Instead of recreating the wheel, there is a very detailed web page from the book ‘Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children’s Books’ by Uri Shulevitz. Here is the link: http://mightyartdemos.com/mightyartdemos-shulevitz.html Please, visit the web site and read the demo. I also highly recommend Uri’s book when you have a chance.
In today’s lesson draw thumbnail roughs for three consecutive spreads on your storyboard.
My friend, Elizabeth Dulemba, is kind enough to share her storyboard for ‘Paco and the Giant Chile Plant’ on her web site here: http://dulemba.com/FreeTools/Paco-Thumbnails.jpg
My thumbnails for ‘Rabbit’s Song’ are here: http://wendymartinillustration.com/wordpress/rabbits-song-rough-thumbnail-layout/
Post a link to your thumbnails in the comments when you are done if you would like a critique.
Lesson Three: The Book Dummy
Amy Meissner has a web page on her site that shows the process she went through for a single spread in her book ‘Ollie Jolly, Rodeo Clown.’ Please read it here: http://litsite.alaska.edu/akwrites/desert/illustrate.html
Today’s lesson is to take one of your spreads from yesterday’s lesson and sketch it at full size. Keep in mind your character sheets and the book’s physical limitations. Bonus points for anyone who gets ambitious enough to add color.
Post a link to your spread in the comments if you would like a critique.