I’ve completed my first phase of redrawing (there’s more than one phase), and begun the process of putting the book together. Even though doing it this way creates more work for me ultimately as I’ll have to update the file as changes are made in Krita, but it’s important to see a product put together to get the overall feel, check on continuity, color schemes, etc. There will still be editing to do, especially with a few drawings that I’m not 100% satisfied with, but this is significant progress.
For this stage, I use PagePlus by Serif. It treated me well for book one so I’m sticking with it. The first thing I need to do is install the custom fonts for the book title. I love the tree font that was created. If you are using any of the millions of custom fonts out there, be sure you buy the commercial license for it if you are going to use it on a commercial product. I’ve now placed all the images together and sequenced the pages in PagePlus. This allows me to print it out to get a physical view of the book in place. Also, it lets me test out the book on a few people to get a first impression. So far, reviews have been great (from the under 7-year old camp) so I’m feeling pleased. And if there’s one thing we know, it’s that young kids do not have a filter, so what they think is what they say.
Also, it’s time to start thinking of the cover design. I really, really liked the cover of my first book. I’m all about happy, bright colors and I really liked the blend, so that’s where I’m starting. I decided before I’d even finished the last book that I’d continue each book cover with the same background base and color scheme. I’m excited to be working on that part too. The cover will be designed in Krita as well (have you guessed yet how fabulous this FREE program is??).
If I can really focus this week, I hope to have a proof ready to go for printing pretty soon. There’s an enormous amount of satisfaction in being in this stage again. <3
Today’s PSA: Make *sure* you are backing up your files to an external hard drive. Keep the hard drive unplugged from your main rig while working on daily stuff and then every day or so, plug in your external hard drive and BACK UP YOUR FILES. I cannot stress the importance of this. Software upgrades, OS security updates, viruses and simple software corruption while working on something, can make for a very bad day. You’ve worked your butt off, make sure you don’t have to repeat that work all over again.