Well, picture book illustration requires hard work "more" from this stage. Based on the divided text, I'll create a black & white story board. Then, I'll make several dummies and compare them all. (So, my dear friend and big name above said, "All the work you did came together well.") Yes, I've already created many images in both black & white and colour for old storyboards. I did research well. Probably, I need some more new images or merge already created images and must choose appropriate ones from the already-made roughs. Go, Sadami! Drawing is my favorite and strength.
Mutual help is the beauty in our industry or an Australian picture book illustration industry. Even super big names struggle in creating a storyborad. (*as far as I know all famous people are so humble and great learners.) When we get together, we enjoy a chat over how to make sb and exchange information. Experienced illustrators and established authors kindly help me. So, big names show me a favourite and unique way to create a dummy.
For example, my wonderful mentor, Ann James makes several small dummies at once. Shaun Tan uses a binder for a dummy (*once he encouraged me and gave me his very cute self-portrait cartoon in turn of my sketch of him at his book launch, "The Arrival" in Sydney uni). Our lecturer, Donna Rawlins said that Robert Ingpen creates a small storyboard, but its content is exactly the same to a real size work. (wow, I want to have a look of his little sb in my eyes!). Another big name makes a big sb and moves around cut-outs on large watercolour papers. It would be a great fun, if picture book illustrators exhibit storyboards together at one place.
I'll work on the storyboard and roughs. My caring mentor Ann says, "Glad to hear a little mini sb is born and look forward to how it grows up!" Yey!! Today, colours have come up very playful in the sketches above. Oh, I've been working so hard for these months. I'm Happy, Happy Sadami with the team's nice comments. A school girl above and I have become friends. It's good to have time to relax myself that gives inspiration. I hope inspirations will keep tapping my heart and hands.
Friends, you, too, take care. Thank you for big cheers in my tough time.