In other news, I've been working on my story "Attack of the Space Chickens" for the picture book class and have pretty much figured out the layout. Through the process of planning out my pages, I learned so much about the design of a picture book. Some of these lessons include:
--You can use the gutter (that's the fold in the center of the book) to your advantage by emphasizing the division of two groups. Here's a great example from Wave by Suzy Lee
--Avoid having two full page illustrations side by side, because they end up competing for attention. Instead, make one illustration the primary focus (i.e. the full page image) and break down the other into "spot" illustrations (i.e. smaller drawings on white space). See if you can spot where I use this principle in my "Attack of the Space Chickens" layout.
Next step: turn two spreads into full illustrations *gulp* Wish me luck ;)