Book design

Blog posts about book design. Art in progress, creative process, design, layout, illustration, writing, printing. Everything that goes into making books.

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Throwback Thursday! Communication Breakdown

June 24, 2021 | Blog

Throwback Thursday to the first full page comic I created, called Communication Breakdown.

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Comic Panel of Yesteryear

March 25, 2021 | Blog

This is a panel from a very old comic. I was trying to write a picture book at the time. Someone, somewhere on the net, described creating comics to help flesh out characters, or something, so I thought I’d give it a try. The story ended up being very different from this, and the character, […]

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It’s a Rabbit Hole

March 19, 2021 | Blog

The real danger of revisiting old artwork, is that your definition of where the acceptable finish line is has no doubt moved in the time since you created the work. I really just want to adjust a few colours, and add minor design elements, and it’s really hard not to fall into a rabbit hole […]

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March 9, 2021 | Blog

I want to print a book I made a couple years ago, but I can’t help revisiting a few of the illustrations first. Someone stole her wrench? WHAT?!

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Wrenched Update – Design Milestone Reached

May 26, 2017 | Blog

This week I completed paint on the 24 story pages of the picture book. That’s an important milestone for the project, but no time to celebrate. There’s still a lot of work to do!

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Designing Pictures

May 19, 2017 | Blog

In general the entire process for designing illustrations turns out to be not much different from any other design project. And it really is design. 

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Storyboarding for picture books and cats

May 5, 2017 | Blog

You’ve probably heard of storyboards used in movie production. They’re also a useful and common tool for planning all manner of books, not just picture books.  

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Adventures in writing

Adventures in writing

April 27, 2017 | Blog

I need personal design projects to keep me balanced. I wanted something more substantial, so I decided to create a picture book.

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