Creating a storyboard

A storyboard will also make sure your illustrator provides enough illustrations to be consistent with the flow of the story without leaving gaps in the layout.

A written storyboard

You don’t have to be an artist, capable of quickly producing hand-drawn sketches, to create a storyboard of your story. Storyboard ideas can be a written description of the desired illustration. The written description should written as though describing a photo, some motion can be implied in an illustration, but more complex motion picture type descriptions will still be limited to only one frame.

Creating a Storyboard give you options of incorporating single page illustrations, double page illustrations, or combinations of both. Double page illustrations can be helpful in areas where there is a lot of text that applies to the same illustration subject. Double page illustrations need careful planning to make sure the area in the center gutter does not contain anything important (like a face) that will be obscured by the binding.

A sample of double page illustration with a full page bleed designed for a 8.5 x 11 full color children’s book. Note the part of the illustration in the center does not contain any important elements that will be obscured by the binding.


It is very difficult to fit illustrations that are drawn in a landscape format into a portrait layout. IngramSpark does not currently offer any landscape binding sizes (wider then tall) so this could be a very real problem if your illustrations were designed for a landscape page. If you find yourself with finished illustrations that won’t fit your book size we can possibly work with them by adding design elements or extending illustrations to fill in for the awkward fit.