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Bunny Emoji-88 (Hello) [V5] ~salmon heart bullet Hello hello, everyone!
I'm sae-midori, one of the artists participating in the Rewritten Artbook. It's very lovely to meet you all!

As many of you know, I'm actively helping Vyndicare with the entire formatting of the artbook, which includes the design layout, proofreading, editing, and much, much more. For those with design experience, you'll know that this is a huge undertaking. And so I'm incredibly happy to see your unwavering patience and wealth of understanding as we toil away behind the scenes. But I know not everyone here has had the chance to compile a book or practice design, and so I realize that there's a lot of mystery that surrounds the artbook formatting stage.

And so today, Vyndi has asked me to share with you all a glimpse of the types of things I've been working on behind the scenes with the help of the amazing Nyanfood. Together, we're taking Vyndi's vision and original layouts, applying our combined years of design experience to it, and evolving it into an artbook that we hope you will cherish and enjoy for many years to come. In this journal, I hope I can unveil much of the shrouded mystery surrounding the artbook formatting process while also setting all of your worries and anxieties to rest. So let's dive into the world of formatting and design, and I'll show you what it's all about!



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So what exactly have we been up to all this time? Is formatting really all that difficult and time-consuming? Don't you just place everyone's gorgeous artwork on the correct pages, throw a couple of interviews at the back, make a few text designs, and you're done, right? It's just formatting, so what's taking so long? These are all very excellent questions - ones that I shall answer right here and now for you! :cutenod: 

Formatting an artbook is actually very similar to Alice and her Wonderland. To simply say it's 'just formatting' would be like Alice saying, "It's just a rabbit hole."

Formatting and designing layouts are truly like the complex world of Wonderland hidden in plain sight behind an ordinary rabbit hole. They're the unseen heart of an artbook. They're what bind everything together, yet they're the one aspect of an artbook that often gets overlooked or goes unnoticed by readers. And that's actually a good thing! A solid design in an artbook can still be compelling and beautiful, but it does not call all the attention to itself. Rather it's meant to quietly and gracefully complement the amazing art that the artists have worked so hard to create. And that's exactly what we're working on each day. 


As a small taste of what it's like to be the co-formatter and editor for the Rewritten Artbook, here's a list of some of my duties:


Light Purple Bullet - F2U!  Typesetting & Typography
Any page with text needs to have clean and uniform formatting. This includes finding an overarching font palette (much like a color palette in a drawing, but for fonts), adjusting word kerning, paragraph leading, font size, exact font color, and font style. Not only does text need to be arranged on pages in a compositionally pleasing way, but also in a practical way as well so that it will not fall too close to the gutter, or the center crease of the artbook, when printed. 


Light Purple Bullet - F2U!  Formatting the Artist Interviews
There are 32 pages of interviews. There are 10 - 13 questions and answers per interview to be formatted, typeset, proofread, and edited. Somewhere around 15+ of those pages have graphics. Only a few pages have one single graphic, but most have multiple graphics per page. Some of these pages also have image collages on them that require extra designing so that they accurately illustrate the artists' ideas in their interviews. Also, each artist we interviewed gave us a completely different length of answers to each question. So some interviews are very short, and some interviews are very long. The text for each must be formatted so that it not only looks good for that particular interview, but so that all interviews feel unified despite there being major differences between them. And for those interviews with pictures, the final formats are sent back to the original artists to make sure they're happy with the image formatting of their interview. If they have changes, I then edit and fix it until the artist is content that the graphics properly depict what they talked about in their interview.


Light Purple Bullet - F2U!  Adjusting Color Themes
We've created an overarching color theme that flows throughout the book. Every page with text or graphic designs on it needs to follow this theme. This includes the introductory and concluding pages of the book, the Table of Contents, Chapter Sections (there are 4 total), the Special Thanks and Donators page, and the Artist Index. The best colors need to be found and adjusted so that they will not only print beautifully, but so that they will make all the graphic art (that Nyanfood so kindly volunteered to draw) shine and support the flow of the entire book.


Light Purple Bullet - F2U!  Print Checking
Every page I mentioned above, as well as all 32 pages of interviews, need to be print checked. By this, I mean I print it out on my little home printer to check if all those pages are comfortable for you to read. This means looking for and fixing text that is too big or too small, adjusting the sizing of graphics if they appear too overwhelmingly large or tiny on the printed page, and making sure no elements will fall into the gutter or be cut off by bleed (edge) margins. I also check to see how the colors printed. Though it is only on a small home printer, it still gives me a rough estimate of how the colors will print at the book publishers. If any pages fail the print check, I go back and fix them and print check them once again. Some pages pass the print check quite easily, while others need many more revisions and multiple print checks until they are as perfect as I can get them.


Haha, that's a lot of things to do! And this is only a partial list, for there are actually many, many more things that I attend to, but I didn't want to overwhelm you with too much all at once. This is what I have been doing, and what I will continue to do every day until the book is finished. This is the reality of what it means to format an artbook. Welcome to the intense world of design, everyone!

Now some may say all this work isn't really necessary. Very true! Just as there are many paths to creating art, there are just as many to creating design layouts and formatting. Vyndi, Nyan, and I could have taken a much easier path. We could have done a minimal or average amount of formatting, taking as many shortcuts as we could along the way to get the artbook sent out as quickly as possible. Haha, it certainly would have saved us a lot of time, and it would have been a lot less stress and work for us too!




But if we took that route, an artist interview in the book, for instance, might have looked something like this:



Interview - Simple by sae-midori






But we wanted to make this artbook as amazingly lovely as we could. 
And so instead, we've chosen to format the artist interviews like this:





Interview - Sae 1 by sae-midori

Interview - Sae 2 by sae-midori

Interview - Nyan 1 by sae-midori

Interview - Nyan 2 by sae-midori







Even for the Artist Index, which is a very useful yet plainly designed page in most books, 
we could have left it formatted as a basic list like this for you:




Artist Index - Simple by sae-midori





But once again, we chose to go the extra mile and format it like this:



Artist Index - Grand Castle by sae-midori



These aren't the only pages we have transformed. Remember all those pages I mentioned earlier? We have transformed those too! All of this takes an unspeakable amount of volunteered time, the greatest of care, extreme attention to detail, and a willingness to scrap an entire design if it does not adhere to a high standard of excellence. Each and every single page of this artbook is being treated in this way. We all want to see the beautiful Alices come to life with every turn of a page. We dearly want to read of the inspiring insights and breakthrough discoveries that artists shared with us in their interviews. We want to happily study each WIP and learn how our artists painted such incredible art. And we want to cherish this book for many years to come, just as we have all cherished our favorite fairy tales since childhood. We all want Rewritten to be an incredibly amazing artbook that has you smiling from cover to cover, which is why we're giving it our utmost care and dedication. .:aww lover:. 

So while we are indeed working as quickly as we can, we will not rush or take lazy shortcuts to hurry along the formatting process. Such actions will only result in a sub-par artbook. And to send out such an artbook to everyone would be incredibly disrespectful to all the artists who have poured their hearts and souls into creating beautiful scenes to share with you. And it would be incredibly disrespectful to all of you who have supported us for so long. We greatly value and cherish each and every single one of you who have supported us and cheered us on as we diligently work. Formatting a high quality artbook is a strenuous undertaking filled with days of intense mathematical precision and tedious editing and re-editing. There are times when we find we have to throw away and redo whole layouts that took us days to create. But we do it because we know it will make the artbook ten times better. All of this, day after day, can easily turn into a highly stressful soul-crushing situation. And so to see so many of your lovely comments and encouraging words are like beautiful music to our ears! And for that we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. We're so incredibly happy for your compassion and understanding!


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So if we happen to fall silent here at Rewritten, it does not mean we are idle or neglectful. Nothing could be further from the truth. Right now, all the pieces have been handed over to me, and so I am working on this every day until it is done. And I mean that quite literally - I have literally set aside all my personal art projects, and with each passing day, I attend to the formatting, proofreading, editing, writing, and overall organization of this now 178 page artbook. So for those who are eagerly awaiting, we completely understand your excitement and anticipation. But please know that when all's quiet here at the Rewritten group, it means we're focusing all our energies and efforts into designing a wonderful artbook for you! kaomoji set 2 33/67


Thank you so very much for all your generous patience, everyone!
I know that was a lot to read, but I sincerely hope it answered any questions for those who were curious, 
and that it has laid all of your worries to rest once and for all.

We shall continue to do our absolute best to make this a beautiful artbook for you!



moonflower~salmon heart bullet


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:iconchocoholixx:
Chocoholixx Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Any new updates about the book?
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Vyndicare Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016  Student Digital Artist
We had it completely finished but realized at the last second there was an extra bleed. So I have to redo the interview section AGAIN.... it's a but frustrating and tedious but I have just three more pages to do and it'll be DOONNEEE! I really apologize for the wait! I know this is unprofessional to be so late with the project. I underestimated formatting. Thank you for being so patient. I hope to have this finished within a week to send it off to print if school allows it..
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Chocoholixx Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
No worries!
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uchuubranko Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Student General Artist
This is awesome :la:
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Irislady Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2016
Wow that sounds like a lot of work, thank you so much for putting in all this time and effort. I shall continue to wait patiently. :)
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Vyndicare Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for being so patient! We are very close to being finished! I just need to finish up my part of the editing but work and school got in the way a bit. However it shouldn't be too much longer before we see the real thing :D
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roseanimal97 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Student General Artist
I know it's a ton of work, and I totally respect you guys putting this together! But any update on where the project is now?
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Vyndicare Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Oh it's no problem I was going to make an update soon but I recently started work (plus school) so I didn't have a chance yet. 
However I can say that Sae and Nyan finished their part and now I'm just finalizing it and putting everything back together! It shouldn't be too much longer before we go to print! :D and once I have a proof I will do another update to have a visual representation of what the book actually looks like ^^
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shuryukan Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Student Digital Artist
178 pages!! So excited for the final product ; v ; 

keep up the amazing work <3
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Vyndicare Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Omg yes! But I think the pages are still increasing XD
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sae-midori Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016   Digital Artist
Thank you so much, shuryukan! We are indeed doing the absolute best we can! :cutenod: salmon heart bullet 
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Nathalieali98 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016
Thanks for your hard work!
Take your time, I just hope you won't send the artbook in August since it's when I go on vacation, so I won't be at home in August.
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Vyndicare Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Student Digital Artist
That's ok! If you happened to go on vacation when the book is ready to be shipped you can always let us know and we can hold on to the order for you and then ship it to you when you are back :)
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Choctopi Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016
Whoa, how exciting! From what we've seen so far, this book is going to look amazing! I'm so glad I got to be a part of it~

Please take as much time as you need! I know you're working hard C:
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sae-midori Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2016   Digital Artist
:iconchitandanahplz: ~salmon heart bullet  Thank you so much for your lovely comment, yowamushi-chan! We're doing our very best to make this an amazing artbook for everyone, so I'm super happy to hear you're already enjoying it so much from just the few previews we have here. 

Thank you, dear! moonflower~:cherryblossom: 
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jiphee Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016
Thank you for all your hard work!!
The sample pages you've shown us look beautiful, I can't wait to see the final product! ♡
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sae-midori Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016   Digital Artist
Llama Emoji-03 (Sparkles) [V1] ~salmon heart bullet  Thank you so much! We'll continue to do our absolute best to the very end.
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Kaerlyn Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The pages you have shared look amazing! You all make a great team ^^
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sae-midori Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016   Digital Artist
kaomoji set 1 9/19 Awww, thank you so very much for sharing your lovely words of encouragement with us, Kaerlyn! And thank you so kindly for the beautiful compliment. kaomoji set 2 18/67 
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berrysquid Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Woahhhhh @.@ absolutely incredible! It's so impressive how much work goes into this -- thank you guys for putting in your time!
Also, I've always been curious to know about publishing processes, so this journal is great ahaha o u o
Hopefully, I'll be able to gather enough money to buy a copy when it comes out! >v<
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sae-midori Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016   Digital Artist
Llama Emoji-05 (Flower Sparkles) [V1] ~salmon heart bullet Awww, thank you ever so very much, berry! I'm happy to hear the journal was educational and insightful! kaomoji set 2 28/67 

If you're looking to buy a copy, don't hold off for too long. For the printing/publishing costs it's much easier if we have everyone's order in now rather than later.  Also, if you order it in the next few weeks before we go to print, your name will be included in the book on our Special Donator's page. I'm working on formatting these pages now, so I still have time to include the names anyone who wants to support the book and the charity. Though pre-orders are currently closed, you can still technically buy the book here: rewritten.tictail.com

Thank you so much for your lovely comment, dear! :cherryblossom: 
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berrysquid Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome, Sae -- it's my pleasure <33
Mmm, whether I can buy the book at all depends entirely on whether I can clear my to-do list fast enough to open commissions, so I admit it's not too likely >////< Though this particular artbook is definitely at the top of my list of things to get! It would be super cool to be able to support the charity through a project like this. Regardless of what happens with me, I hope you guys get tons of orders!
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NilaNandita Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
whoaa wow this is going to be a super amazing artbook! :iconiloveyouplz::heart:
thank you so much for all your hard work, Vyndi, Sae and Nyan!  :iconbrohugplz:
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sae-midori Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016   Digital Artist
You're ever so very welcome, Nila! You and Vyndi have been working so hard from the very beginning too! We'll do our very best to give it our all in this very last stretch! Hatsune Miku-16 (Cheer) ~salmon heart bullet Star! 
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NilaNandita Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aww good luck, dear Sae :iconmuahplz:
I wish you all the best, and hope everything goes well.:iconbrightfutureplz:
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Hyanna-Natsu Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I'm so so so so happy and excited!  Ayumi Excited Icon 
You, Nyan and Vyndicare are doing a GREAT work, I'm sure we all will be happy with this artbook *U*
Thank you for your time and dedication ♥ ♥

And of course, for sharing this, is so exciting and nice to see how everything is put together! Excited Bounce
Thank you again, from bottom of my heart!
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sae-midori Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016   Digital Artist
Chitanda Smile Icon ~salmon heart bullet Awww, thank you so very much for sharing your great enthusiasm with us all, Hyan! I'm very happy to hear you enjoyed reading about our behind the scenes adventures. mintlove 
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Hyanna-Natsu Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016  Student Digital Artist
♥ ♥ ♥
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Oceansayre Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So far everyone it looks Wonderful! (no pun intended)

I know how time consuming this part of the process is and how it can sometimes be a thankless or misunderstood part of the process. But it looks amazing and I really like what you've shown us so far. Keep it up design team!
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sae-midori Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016   Digital Artist
Thank you ever so much for your lovely comment, Ocean! We shall indeed keep on trying to make it as wonderful as we can to the best of our abilities. Thank you so much for your support, dear! kaomoji set 2 18/67 
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Oceansayre Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! Looking forward to the finished result!
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Negshin Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Ohhh so very cool to read through *u*
Thank you so much for sharing all the behind the scenes stuff :love:
*secretly wishes she was part of this but she was never asked T__T*
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Vyndicare Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Student Digital Artist
WHAT!? You wanted to be part of this!? I was actually wanting to ask you but you were already so busy with other projects I didn't want to bother you ;w;
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Negshin Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Ah you should have asked, I would have said no if I was super busy though ^^;
Ish ok, maybe next time -__^
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Vyndicare Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Yeah! I'll definitely ask you next time! :D It would be awesome to have you ^^
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matomiki Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016
The amount of dedication and effort put into this is amazing! Thank you for sharing with us your wonderful process <3
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sae-midori Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016   Digital Artist
Awwww, thank you so very much, mato! And you're very welcome! salmon heart bullet  kaomoji set 2 28/67 salmon heart bullet 
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Serendiipitii Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016  Student General Artist
Thank you for all the amazing work you guys are doing, Vyndicare, sae-midori, and Nyanfood
I can't wait to see how it turns out, I'll definitely be getting a copy, especially seeing all the gorgeous work and sweat you've all put into it.
Good luck, and don't work too hard! :heart:
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sae-midori Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016   Digital Artist
kaomoji set 2 18/67 Awww, thank you so kindly, Seren! Haha, we can't promise not to work too hard, but we will indeed do our best to take breaks and stay healthy! Bunny Emoji-56 (Nomnomnom) [V3] onion boy 2 
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Ariuemi Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016
Thanks guys for your hard work!! It looks great so far!! * 7 * // 
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sae-midori Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016   Digital Artist
Thank you so much, Aikuwo! We'll continue to do our very best!  Llama Emoji-03 (Sparkles) [V1] ~salmon heart bullet 
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laenia Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016  Student General Artist
this looks really great so far!! thanks for all your hard work and i can't wait to see the finished product!!
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sae-midori Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016   Digital Artist
Thank you so much, dear! Haha, we can't wait to see the final book too! kaomoji set 2 58/67 
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AngelofDeathz Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks beautiful!!! <3
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sae-midori Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016   Digital Artist
Thank you ever so much! :cutenod: salmon heart bullet 
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Wayfir Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016  Hobbyist
this
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beautiful
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sae-midori Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016   Digital Artist
Thank you ever so much! I'm happy to hear you think so! kaomoji set 2 28/67 
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Wayfir Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016  Hobbyist
of course, the pleasure is completely mine! 
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