Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Preparing for Smart Dummies

Smart Dummies is right around the corner and I want to make sure everyone is prepared. Your goal is to create a dummy in 30 days. It will not be easy so let's make sure you've got everything you need!

What to do before Smart Dummies:
If you don't have a polished story you are going to get into trouble (I've tried it and it doesn't work!). If you are going to do a wordless book, then write out a bit what's happening. Thumbnails are great for wordless, but you want to make sure you know what the thumbnails mean!

If you don't have a story you may want to read this:


This list varies for everyone. You can use whatever supplies you'd like for this project.  I would suggest not spending a lot of money on this. Sav
e your money for the finals! You can choose to do this traditionally or digitally. EXPERIMENT before you start if you aren't used to using a particular medium.


I like using copier paper or paper from an inexpensive sketch pad. If you are using ink or paint to create your images you'll want something much heavier. I'd suggest getting a mixed media pad for these.


You can use any student grade pencils to create your image. Different people like different things. I usually like to have a harder pencil to draw with so often I'll get a 2H pencil. I also love using mechanical pencils to save myself from having to sharpen my pencils to get a sharp point.


If you are doing washes go with india ink. It's fairly inexpensive. You can also use felt tipped pens (they don't work well for washes, though). 

Colored Pencils, Acrylics, Oils, Collage, ect

Generally dummies are black and white. Sometimes it's easier using different mediums to create your images. You might even find using pieces of torn paper to create collage images.

The images you see in this post are images I submitted to a client for a small book project. The goal is to create an image where everything is easily recognizable. The image doesn't have to be polished, but more polishing means more recognizable images.  The bad thing about having an image too polished is that there isn't as much room to adjust the images after. Editors often like having the images to be loose enough that they can suggest changes to an image. Speaking of changes you'll see that my drafts were done at 8x8" and the final book ended up being 6x9"!

If you need any help with preparing, please let me know in the comments below! 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for writing this post, Dani. I'm excited to get started! :)