Monday, 29 November 2010


chiu ive got the book together and penciled out in the correct size, with penciled text, but ive only got the first few pages inked, do we have till next week to complete them fully?

Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2010 By THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

Sunday, 28 November 2010

from two weeks back

Introducing The Picture Book genre
Found stories – Copyright/Authorship
Fractured Stories
Self-written stories
Concept books
Introducing simple narrative structures and manuscripts
Books for Young Readers Submissions Guidelines
Peggy Tibbetts on what makes a good story
The Slush Pile
Task 01 Find, Fracture & Write your own 24 page stories
Task 01x Make some rough thumbnail designs & character sketches for the puffin comp
Task 02 (research) Having chosen the narrative genre that you want to work in, find similar picture book examples and break down the story into a simple narrative structure
+ Reverse-engineer them into just written scripts!

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

RCC rough ideas.....

To begin with I felt very lost

Memories of the desert entwined with the winter

And created a block in my mind.

But slowly...
Things began to make a little more sence

And after finding my feet again

I saw the end was in sight

Just a little red book in my blue hands.

The formatting on this post has gone to pot and I can't seem to sort it, but I think it still gets the idea across.
I have tried to make this more about experimentation and design and my journey of trying to work past a block....but is this enough for an RCC?
There are 3 double page spreads missing which I'm working on, and obviously the text isn't on yet, but I just wanted to play around with much more collage and work on the backgrounds first.
The 4th image down will have collaged clocks on it which are not there yet, and the 2nd and 3rd needs much more work but these are just preliminary ideas and I'm not even sure if the story is appropriate!?
Any feedback would be great. :)

Saturday, 20 November 2010

My Manuscript

This is my new improved Manuscript that follows the existing formula of the three bears but parodies elements of it and tries to recreate it in to a school scenario 
target audience i am aiming for is 4 to 8s. 

Rough Flat plan keeping it fairly linear layout for the moment 

The only concern i have with this sprit is whether to call them bears throughout the whole story or teachers as its supposed to be a cheap gag just like how Russell Ayto nick names characters in his story Captain Flinn and the pirate Dinosaurs. 

here’s an example...... 

(Mrs Pie) 

And the three protagonist names are parodies of different bear species.

I also began thinking about what media would work well for my story and looked in to watercolour for my scenes and objects the characters interact with.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

week 02

Character development based on narratives or concepts - narratives or concepts based on Characters – The chicken or the egg?

Characters in Action
Characters within Scenes/Backgrounds
Developing media

Oliver Jeffers
Carson Ellis
Emily Gravett

Task 03 Developing your characters (possible group project)
i) Write down detailed descriptions for a character from your manuscripts
ii) Expand the family of characters drawing friends/family/enemies/groups
iii) Invent sub plots and backgrounds for these characters
iv) Draw character scenes with backgrounds.

Task 04 Create Thumbnail page Sequences

Task 05 (research) Find out how applicable/related picture book artists get inspiration for their character development.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Wonderland Characters

Since 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' is one of my favourite books (and also happens to be in the public domain) one idea I have for this project is to recreate certain scenes from that story, but in a way that's more suited to a full-scale picture book. The main idea I have is creating the characters in doll forms from the initial sketches, and posing them with armature wire, and then taking photographs of them within an illustrated set.

I'm not sure if that veers too much away from illustration or not, but there are other ideas I'd like to look into, most of which involve writing the story myself.

The above picture is two experiments with creating Alice and the White Rabbit in doll format. The button-eyes was heavily-inspired by Neil Gaiman's 'Coraline'.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010


  • 32 page Picture book
  • Narrative structure: Intro, activating agent, rise in conflict, climax, resolution

  • Narrative structure
    Description of images
    Story text broken down onto each page
    Front cover

    End paper

    End paper


    Title page

























    End paper

    End paper

    Back cover

Monday, 8 November 2010

Puffin Children's Prize

Puffin Children's Prize

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

An enormous, angry rhinoceros that has escaped from London Zoo has eaten James’s parents. And it gets worse! James is packed off to live with his two really horrible aunts, Sponge and Spiker. Poor James is miserable, until something peculiar happens and James finds himself on the most wonderful and extraordinary journey he could ever
imagine …

full brief here:

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Emulating Cezanne

Not sure this really works as a piece but I was just testing out different painting styles, looking at painters like Cezanne.