Because I’m drawing characters always at the same size, I cut out this little Dorothy to represent One Dorothy Unit of Measurement to stick to. The book and the full-page illustrations will probably be 6 by 9 inches, so figures will fit on the page scaled something like in this mockup. While I’m talking about big-picture ideas, more of those rules I’ve made for myself:
- Illustrations will be either full-bleed landscapes with figures, or small spot illustrations on a blank background.
- Each chapter will have a full-bleed illustration on the left-hand opening page, with text beginning on the right-hand page. More full-bleed illos can show up as situation demands.
- Treatment of space and distance should be abstract and sequential. For example, no matter how far they have traveled from the Emerald City to the next significant location, the Emerald City is visible in the background if possible.
- Illustrations should refer to this text foremost. Any additional context provided by the rest of the canon should not distract from this at all.