Follow the Creative Process

How to Make a Picture Book

How to Make a Picture Book

Kate McMullan began writing "I'm Fast" in 2009 with illustrations from her husband, Jim McMullan.

Jim Gets Started

Jim Gets Started

Our editor signed off on the final manuscript and on a warm day in May, Jim went outside to do some thumbnail sketches.

Our Freight Train

Our Freight Train

Here are some ideas of how Jim McMullan through the freight train might look.

a "Dummy" Book

a "Dummy" Book

Jim McMullan sketched out the whole book, I'm Fast. He then pasted the sketches into a blank book called a "dummy" book.

Revising the story.

Revising the story.

Here is Kate McMullan's first draft of a later spread in the book with the train coming out of a long tunnel into a snowstorm.

More Sketches

More Sketches

Jim McMullan's art begins to come together with Kate McMullan's word for the book, I'm Fast.

Creative Process

Creative Process

Step 7: Revisions

The Creative Process for I'm Fast

The Creative Process for I'm Fast

Step 8: Final Art

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Creative Process9

Step 9: What's an endpaper?

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Creative Process10

I'M FAST Endpapers

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Creative Process11

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The Galleys

The Galleys

Jim McMullan has finished the art for the book, I'm Fast," and we begin to see the final project come together.

Some final pages

Some final pages

Enjoy these final pages from Jim and Kate McMullan's collaboration on the children's book, I'm Fast.

Some videos from Jim and

Some videos from Jim and

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