The Tale of Benjamin Bunny & The Flopsy Bunnies: eBook Creation Process

A while back I illustrated three Beatrix Potter ebooks for myRead.com: Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, and The Flopsy Bunnies. They're the trio of Peter Rabbit stories if you haven't read more than just Peter Rabbit.

As Peter Rabbit  was the very first ebook published by myRead, the final book and animated version are somewhat different from The Tale of Benjamin Bunny and The Flopsy Bunnies, which followed after as we changed the process to simplify production.

I'll post on Monday about Peter Rabbit, but for now, here's a run through of the creation process of the other two books:

After dividing and storyboarding the text, and making rough sketches, the 'final' sketch is drawn and scanned into Photoshop.
The sketch is then made into a finished line drawing in Photoshop. The black frame indicates where the actual image boundaries will be.

The line drawing is then submitted to the head of production, and he marks where to create separate layers for the specific parts of each character. The separated parts are for the animators to work with for the animated version.

I then make the final illustration. This is as it will appear on page in the stationary version of the ebook. All of the characters, and many of the objects, are on their own layers and divided at the joints, ready to be animated.

And there you have it! If you would like to see more still images from the final books, they can be found here.

All three books are free for the iPad through iTunes via the myRead.com site.