I want to share how I designed my first children’s book and the process I used for making sure that I draw my character’s the same with consistency. If you have a hard time drawing things to look the same then this tip will help you. It doesn’t matter if you are drawing with pencil and paper, or drawing digitally, this will help save you a whole lot of time. Even if you outsource your book’s graphics you should know this so you can tell your designer that you need consistent character’s for your books.
Make Character Templates
When writing your children’s book you need to make sure that you have the initial design of the main character. Then you will want to make a master template of the character and other character’s that you will use all the time in your books. You can watch this video below if you don’t want to read, but I highly recommend reading this post too.
If you want your books to sell, then you need to make sure that you follow a theme when designing your children’s books. Going through the process of creating templates of your main character’s will help you carry out a theme for your books. When children read your books they will always recognize the character’s if you design them the same for each book.
The parents will be more than likely reading the book to the children and they really matter too. The parents are the ones that will buy the books for their kids and if they don’t see consistency, they will not buy more than one or two books. It is just as important to write for the parents as it is for the kids.
I know this seems like a lot of work but in the end, it will pay off big time! This is how I designed my first children’s book because I had a hard time drawing the character’s to look the same. Keep in mind too that some scenes in your book will cause for the character to change facial expressions, and this is OK for a small change in the features of the face and body, but don’t deviate too much from the likeness.
What Are Your Thoughts?
Do you design your own character’s for your children books? Do you outsource them?