For a long time, I’ve wanted to write children’s books. There were stories I wanted to share. However, the artist in me wanted to illustrate these stories as well.
Along came these magical apps that could change pictures into comic-style or watercolor pictures. It was not until I tried Clip2Comic created by Digital Masterpieces that felt I had struck gold. This easy-to-use app allowed me to input pictures from my iphone and then use a variety of styles to change them into comics.
I loved the results, so I went to work. First, I wrote the story, then created a type of story board where I connected pictures with a particular sentence or paragraph. Once done, I needed models willing to act out the story while I took pictures using my iphone. I mean MANY pictures. For example, in my first book, A Gift at the Door, I took over 200 photos in order to get about 30 to use. If you wish to do this, make sure you have willing and patient models.
The picture above of my granddaughter and my husband were taken with an iphone and have 72 dpi (dots per inch). It’s important to state that because Kindle’s print on demand (KDP) requires 300 dpi. Something I had to figure out.
The live shot was then, using the Clip2Comic app, translated into the style “Cartoon.” This was one of the fourteen different styles offered in this app. I made sure all my pictures used the same style. I loved the look, but the picture was still 72 dpi and would not be accepted by Kindle. So, I still had a ways to go.
Here was my work-around. I printed out all thirty of my chosen pictures (not the 200) on good quality photo paper. I then scanned each picture with a dpi of 400. I used my Epson ET-4750 for both printing and scanning. I had to do a bit more color editing to make sure it looked as good as the original. Once that was done, I had my illustrations.
I’m hoping that if folks out there want to be their own illustrator, my process may help them accomplish their dream.