Character design

I received an invitation via email to Basecamp. GetYourBookIllustrations uses Basecamp as a hub to ask questions, add comments, and share sketches and illustrations. I am alerted to new conversations and files in Basecamp via email, and I click on the link to see what’s new.  From there, I can view the latest comments and view or download files. The past conversations and data are stored, so this makes it a useful repository on conversation history as well.

Our first order of business is character design. The boy and his dog are the main characters, and we select a scene from the manuscript that has them both prominently displayed.  After just a few minor changes, the dog matches my vision.  The boy, on the other hand, is much more challenging. Round after round, we discuss age, hair color, hairstyle, eye color, clothes, age, expression, etc. Unfortunately, I find it easier to say what I don’t like then be crystal clear on my vision. In the future, I will discipline myself to have a clearer idea of what I am looking for before getting to this step to smooth this part of the process. 

Little by little, the boy begins to take shape in a way in which I can be at peace. I am trying to strike a precarious balance between playful illustrations and reality. 

After two weeks, lots of communication, and many iterations, we are ready to move to the storyboard and the other main character, Lake Superior.

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