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EMMA

Emma loves her dust mites.
She feeds them every day,
a special mix
of old dead skin
then they go off to play.

Emma loves her dust mites.
And for their breakfast treat,
she saves the cells
she sheds at night
from both her pointed feet.

Illustration : Ollie Tomlinson

(c) 1996, 2010 World of Water (Reg. Charity 327188)

Storyboarding a Children’s book.

When storyboarding a children’s book the first stage is to get inside the originator’s mindset by thinking through the final story draft. It has to be the final draft with a storybook so that the words and design fit as one. Sometimes we are asked to just produce illustrations leaving the design to the publishing house.

With a music vid. storyboard the imagery we visualise overlaps with sound so the fit is a timing one.

Cover designs can be an image repeat from inside a storybook but as they have a distinct function to sell the title, they are often produced as one offs along with point of sale images.

Stories arrives by email in plain text format showing page breaks so we know which paragraphs appear on each page and any specific design requests. The final draft comes from a publishing house editor, a book packager or sometimes an author.

The first step is for us to send back a simple thumbnail storyboard. Changes around this thumbnail stage continue until the full team are happy to press on.

Each thumbnail is developed to produce a sketch storyboard and here’s an example of one produced by artist Peter Scott M.A. for the story Arthur the Artist.

The story, ‘Arthur the Artist’  is copyright of one of our clients, Andrew Segal, of Village Folk Books,  author of:

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