Making “Dances of India”, Part 2

We left off with testing out the style of both the characters and the individual pages. But what about actual story?

Malini and Kyra had a solid draft of the script but weren’t sure how they wanted all the pages to look.  Before I could actually draw the draft, I needed to know what aspects of each style of dance were important to be exact. Malini pointed out that the poses and style of dress for Bharatanatyam needed to be as accurate as possible. Kyra liked the idea of focusing on the instruments and props used in Bhangra. With tidbits like these I was able to assemble a round of thumbnails and eventually a full layout of the book.

Studies of Chhau
Studies of Chhau
Studies of Bhangra
Studies of Bhangra
Studies of Dandiya Raas and Bharatanatyam
Studies of Dandiya Raas and Bharatanatyam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So now we can start painting! This was where I learned that in our process, I should have done one last step before beginning to paint each page element. I had decided to paint everything individually so that I could freely move each piece when I began converting the book to an iBook and possibly an other formats. But the step that really changed everything was using

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Thumbnails for page layout of “Dances of India”

my layout of every individual spread to assemble a dummy book. What is that?

Dummy Book Versions
Dummy Book Versions

A Dummy Book is a model of your book. This is an integral step in children’s books because you need to understand how words will fall on a page and how each spread will turn to the next. From the dummy book stage alone, I was able to see that a number of characters needed to be moved on the page and made significant adjustments to the text layout for readability and flow. It was also the first time that Malini and Kyra could physically see their book taking shape. Quite possibly, it’s my favorite stage.

Come back soon to read the next installment as I discuss my painting and assembly process of each page as we start to wrap up production.

Posted on: May 13, 2015, by : littleloka