What is the book dummy?

A book dummy is a hand made sketch booklet that is the size and number of pages of the finished book.  Typically, I use a 32-page dummy. I make this by hand by folding and stapling together eight large sheets of paper.   Next, I trim the paper with a straight edge and razor blade, to be the actual size of the book.

 

I number the pages of the book, then I tape the words into place.  On each page I draw directly in the booklet with a 2B pencil.  I do not tear out pages, but I am likely to erase a lot to get the picture right. The dummy is a good place for me to make mistakes and solve problems. I use my thumbnail as a starting place, and add details in the dummy. 

 

The finished dummy, goes to the editor for review.  Then I do another round of more finished sketches on tracing paper to be transferred to watercolor paper for coloring.

PLANTS FEED ME book dummy sketch
PLANTS FEED ME book dummy sketch

PLANTS FEED ME tracing paper sketch
PLANTS FEED ME tracing paper sketch

PLANTS FEED ME
PLANTS FEED ME

Finished illustration

PLANTS FEED ME book dummy sketch
PLANTS FEED ME book dummy sketch

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