A Movable Wall

I shipped off a book dummy today. It’s a good feeling.

The dummy is for the book Boom Boom by Sarvinder Naberhaus that I am illustrating for Beach Lane Books. It’s a pretty minimal text, so there is lots of room for me to develop my own story line for the images.

I like to see the whole storyboard as I’m working on initial sketches. It’s easier for me to keep track of my ideas if I can see them all, but my drawing table is not that big. My story line was getting buried in mountains of sketches, which caused me frequent frustration and occasional cursing.

I decided that I needed a wall to pin everything on, but as you can see, I’m a bit short on wall space in my cozy little studio (I’m a bit short of anything space, but that’s another issue).

So I bought the biggest cork bulletin board I could find and perched it on my inking table.

I used colored tape to divide the board into “spreads” and added stickers with page numbers and post-its with the text. Ta-da! Instead of piles of sketches I have a portable storyboard wall where I can layer my sketches as I develop each spread. All there right in front of me. Much better!

Now I just have to wait for feedback from the editor. If she approves of the direction I’ve chosen I can move forward to the next step: refining the images. If not, then it’s back to the drawing/bulletin board!

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9 responses to “A Movable Wall

  1. This is a great idea! Good luck with your book.

  2. Really cool to see your artistic process – thanks for sharing!

  3. Your bulletin board/storyboard wall is a fantastic idea. Thanks from me and my teeny drawing table.

  4. Great to step inside your studio and work solutions, Margaret. My husband used to run a clothes line-like string from wall to wall and hung his pages from that. He was working on screenplays at the time.

  5. What a cool idea!
    I’m the opposite. When I start my dummies, I make them sooo small, maybe the size of my palm. I find the small size to be “less intimidating”. It’s great to see how others work! :)

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  7. I’m very excited to see the final sketches! Actually, any sketches! Fingers crossed for May, and thank you for sharing :o)

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