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How I assign work to myself.
Also; on imaginative seeing instead of creating.
To breakdown a complicated picturebook spread into doable tasks. I make a checklist to keep me on track and to keep me going. Each item in the checklist is sketched and worked on separately as icons before being combined into the final spread.
Here’s a sample checklist from an actual spread:
☑️ There’s a serious bunny
☑️ There’s a planner bunny
☑️ There’s a sneaky bunny
☑️ There’s a mummy bunny
☑️ There are bunny bystanders
☑️ There’s our hero bunny
I say ‘There’s a bunny’ instead of draw a bunny, because it takes away the pressure from me to create. By saying it I’m implying that it’s already there, I just need to look for in with my minds eye.