Meet Copper & Daisy. These gentle giants are always happy to meet new friends. They love being part of the group.
Copper is a strapping young bull, and never leaves the side of his lovely lady. He’s very much the gentleman with her, and any friend who joins the herd. Just keep a close eye on your pockets if you have treats!
You can’t hear him, since it’s a picture of course, but Copper is chirping to Daisy. He’s found a good patch of something tasty, and he’s telling her to follow him. Many dinos could probably make a lot of noise without ever opening their mouths, like the gurgly hum Copper is making here. But you can see his lovely red throat all blown up like a bullfrog. 🙂
I imagine him sounding a lot like this…
YES!! Done with the color sketches! And just in time too. The group of children’s book writers and illustrators meets this weekend, so I need to get the dummy book printed ASAP. 😀
So everything is done and I’ve prepped everything for printing! 😀 It’s not as simple as you might think.
Instead of printing everything out like the chart you see above, this is what the printing files look like…
Wait a second, some of those are upside down! Yes, getting a book ready for printing requires careful calculation on which pages go where, and which pages go upside down! At least for printing out the dummy book on my home printer. Not sure how it works for the official printing process, but I imagine there is similar calculation going on.
Why? Because the pages are printed, cut, and then layered on top of each other- folded, stitched or stapled down the middle, then glued to the cover. In some cases, like what I did for this little dummy book, I divided the number of pages in half, then made folded booklets out of each half before gluing them down to the card-stock cover.
I’m sure you noticed the chart above is only half the pages? I converted all the separate image files into one convenient PDF. This way I just had to tell it to print, and the printer would handle the double-sided pages. 🙂 Those are nightmare to do manually.
The chart above was the first set, so the bottom right image of Steggy’s tea party would be the exact middle of the first booklet. The Steggy tea party went on top of the stack of images, and then folded them and stitched them down the middle. Voila! One little booklet. I did the same to the other half of illustrations. 🙂
Why make two little booklets instead of just folding all the printed pages in half? Because folding them all together like that distorts the illustration so that they don’t line up along the edges. Making two booklets lessens this distortion a bit so that they line up a little easier. Not perfect, but a lot better than trying to fold all of them together.
Oh yes, and that top left illustration with the Tango dance party. That illustration has half the page blank. The blank area is what I glue down to the card-stock cover, once the booklet is made. 🙂
Next week, I’ll share a quick little video of the final result! 😀
Coming Next Week…
This little dino is a bit shy, but she’ll come out of the bushes for a sweet hug and a small treat. 🙂