Does anyone else write and draw simultaneously and want to create a children’s book?
I fell in love with creating book dummies because writing feeds my illustration beast and illustrating feeds my writing beast. It’s the best way I know to make a story and if there is anyone out there who hasn’t tried making a dummy (even if you’re not an illustrator!) you should, you would certainly benefit from the experience.
The image above is one of the pages to my dummy. As you can see, it has a certain level of sketchiness. Most of the articles I’ve read say pencil sketches for the dummy is a good idea as you’re guaranteed to make many changes if your book is ever lucky enough to get into the hands of a publisher, or an agent if you’re looking for one. I’m planning on making multiple dummies to send to an agent.
Getting the manuscript and designs down coherently is the most important part of the dummy, but presentation of the physical dummy and it’s function is important as well. This article helps with the physical making of the dummy and I recommend reading it!
These pages are not draw the best by any means, but it’s progress!