Although I've got the first twelve pages of the book roughed out, i still feel like I'm in the planning stage. I'm still making decisions about materials, page design, and work process. If I include an unnecessary step in the process now, time lost on each page will be magnified 200 times. That kind of thinking leads to paralysis.
At least one decision has been made - I'm using Bristol board. There are several reasons for this.
First, the animator's lightbox/drawing board I was using for Brunel has gone back to its rightful owner, which has prompted a move away from layout paper.
Second, I saw some absolutely beautiful original artwork at the weekend, the work of Steven Roberts
and Hunt Emerson
. It made me very keen to get back to producing a tangible physical page of art instead of scattered scraps of thin paper with odd panels on them and gaps for computer generated details.
Third, Bristol board is delightfully smooth, even the bottom of the range stuff, and heavy enough to take solid blacks. I think this story will benefit from more black, some of the Brunel pages looked a bit light.
Finally, it's a history of Bristol, what else could I use but Bristol board?