Formatting fun!

So the the pictures were drawn, the words were written and now it was time to construct the pages. I wanted to keep a picture book style with the artwork dominating each page, but I wanted to make sure my text was clear and easy to read.

As usual, the process took longer than I thought and being a perfectionist, I had to get it just right. It took a lot of patience changing the size of the text, lining it up and shaping it around the pictures. Early on in the process I had decided to try to blend the writing with the pictures and not stick to a rigid block of words. This enables each picture to be viewed and enjoyed unobscured.

Finally, after a lot of screen-time my pages were complete, my front cover was designed and I was ready for the next, scary stage… approaching publishers.

Author: Richard Tiller

Children's illustrator and author.

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