Detailed Sketches

The storyboard is approved. Whew! 

The next task is reviewing and revising detailed sketches. These are presented to me mostly as double-page spreads – the exception is page 1, which is a single page. No words are yet associated with the sketches, so I again find myself pulling out the typed manuscript to remind myself how the text flows from page to page.

A few edits are apparent to me at first glance. For instance, in one illustration, the family is on top of the lift bridge when a ship passes underneath – far from what I intended! Also, I get my first glimpse of the clothes the illustrator used for the family. Having mom in a sheath dress and heels is far from my vision of what anyone would choose for an evening of exploration on the rocky shore of Lake Superior.

Other suggestions come to me more slowly. Upon further review, I realize that some of the seagulls look unusually small – almost like some other type of bird. Printing out each sketch, circling issues, and making comments is a helpful way for me to track my thoughts and gauge each object’s perspective within the illustration.

After several rounds of written comments and a phone conversation with the project coordinator, I approve of the detailed sketches. This portion of the process took longer than expected; we still have several steps to go! I am surprised by how many details I had to give through this process and wish I felt a stronger sense of collaboration with the illustrator. I am a first-timer in this genre and remind myself that one of my main goals is better to understand the process and make my next attempt more fluid.

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