- September 25th, 2009
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now that i felt i had a visual solution for the main character and how he was going to live in this red nose world, i decided to jump into the visual storytelling and trying to find the right spot for the right image to help visually tell the story without just illustrating the authors words and trying to figure out the best way for the visuals to carry through all the various locations the garbage gets pulled to and all the people of those areas and how upset they are to see someone else’s garbage come into their ports.
even during the first couple reads of the manuscript i sketched thumbnails where it felt like visuals needed to be.
compared to the usual ‘one image that needs to say everything’ i found that organizing the sequence of visuals was a tough challenge. and turned to the handy post-it notes to be able to keep the thumbnails loose and ‘movable’
sometimes drawing several versions of one scene, trying to find the right composition that stood alone and still worked with the rest of the images as a whole.
here is a shot of the first draft of all the pages together. soome will make it through to the end and some will be drawn and revised several time to try to get it ‘right’
here are a couple of the spreads with the text laid on by the designer and we start to see the book in full scope.
next i head to a landfill to research the hidden beauty of trash and what its like to take care of all the crap we mostly aimlessly throw away every week…