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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
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
Here are some ideas of how Jim McMullan through the freight train might look.
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.
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.
Jim McMullan's art begins to come together with Kate McMullan's word for the book, I'm Fast.
Step 7: Revisions
The Creative Process for I'm Fast
Step 8: Final Art
Step 9: What's an endpaper?
I'M FAST Endpapers
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
Enjoy these final pages from Jim and Kate McMullan's collaboration on the children's book, I'm Fast.
Some videos from Jim and
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