Deadline: 9.30AM, Thursday 18 March
Unlike previous briefs, here you have a choice of which problem you will respond to. Pick one of the following 4 pathways, each of which poses a slightly different problem as detailed below.
2 Narrative Fiction
3 Picture book for early readers
4 Song Lyrics
Once you've picked a pathway you have another choice.
Conceptual or literal (in the interest of simplicity and clarity this choice is to be applied to each component illustration you produce. No pick n mix visual languages).
Picture Book for early readers
You are asked to provide 3 illustrated pages by way of 'proof of concept' for your book.
1 double page spread
1 single page
a front cover design
You will need to consider and demonstrate the integration of image and type.
When initially looking for inspiration I have focused on researching children's books that illustrates different aspects of childhood and also confront hard hitting subjects such as sadness and being afraid of the dark, to further understand the role of children's stories and the way narrative and illustrations work together to create a full piece. As well as looking at more enigmatic stories that are vibrant and colourful such as Tom Gaulds 'Pokko and the Drum' to really get a feel for how different styles of illustration can be used differently within children's books.
I have decided to illustrate this version of Rudyard Kipling's How the Elephant Got its Trunk (ignoring the narrative instructions). As I am only to produce the concept of my illustrated version of this classic tale I will focus on the parts of the text that are the most engaging!
Although you’ll find that many online printing companies will print children’s books in a broad range of sizes, you should be aware that there are a few accepted ‘industry’ sizes. If you size your book to industry-friendly dimensions, you’ll be more likely to have your book bought by a distributor or bookshop.
The three most popular industry-standard sizes for children’s books are:
I have highlighted parts of the story which I think have the most visual language and would make good illustrations within the picture book!
Animals from the story
Researching the key animals in the story gives me reference photos to work from and also provides me with a natural colour scheme.
Idea generation: Thumbnails
I have kept these thumbnails very simple as I just wanted to get the initial story down into visuals as that helps me see what ideas I want to develop on.
I have decided to look at using collage as a way to illustrate, combined with more traditional mediums such as ink - to look at the combination of textures. As well as looking at the collage technique used digitally.
I wanted to do a little bit of experimentation with creating a collage using procreate and experimenting with textures to see how successful the process would be. From creating these mock ups I have been able to see where I need to focus my energies, from composition to colour palette and of course considering the incorporation of text.
Josef Albers - The Interaction of Colour
After feedback on my initial development I was tasked with looking at Josef Albers colour theory and I happened upon this video, which goes into detail about a lot of Josef Albers theories and ideas, one that is very important is making 'one colour look like two'. From this video I have learnt that you can make one colour look like two, depending on the background colour that you use, it also showed me that different colours can make things appear up close or far away in a similar way.
Basic colour theory
Creating these little colour charts was not only satisfying, but also refreshed my understanding of colour and the way that colours can work together. For example colours next to each other on the colour wheel are harmonious colours as they automatically look good together due to being made up of similar colours. As well as this, complimentary colours are opposite on the colour wheel and look good together as they are so different and can make a piece more vibrant! There are lots of resources and articles out there which are helpful when it comes to learning about colour theory.
Making my own Typography
For this project I have explored new ways to make my own typography, using free front making websites to convert my own hand writing into a font as well as digitally cutting out type from textures. I think it was really useful to learn this new skill and I’m hoping it will enhance my final outcome with that extra added thought.
Refinement: Thumbnails double page spread
'Hearing that, Little Elephant pulled back as hard as he could. He pulled so hard that his nose began to stretch. The harder he pulled, the longer his nose became.'
Refinement Thumbnails: 2 x single page
‘He asked Uncle Giraffe why he had spots?’ ‘What a silly question young man’
Refinement Thumbnails: Front cover
Worked up visuals
Durning a feedback session I asked my classmates which background they preferred and they all unanimously agreed that the beige background worked best.
Choosing a font
Choosing what font to use in a children’s book is just as integral as the illustrations themselves, as the wrong font will make or break a piece of work. I have tried to used a varied choice of fonts in my experimentation in order to compare which ones work best.
Final outcome includes a wrap around cover, and two double page spreads. I did a little bit more work than was required but I really enjoyed this project and found that doing things as double pages help me visualise the final products more successfully!
I find it helpful to see my illustrations in context and is it’s also really satisfying to see what they would look like in a book!