A children's book cover.
For this exercise, the brief states that we have been asked to produce a cover illustration for a natural history book for children- age 7-11.
This book is entitled: Animals from around the world.
The image is to be used as a full colour front jacket to encourage children to pick this book from the library shelf.
After our initial research, we are to draw up at least three ideas as coloured client visuals.
Include information for the final: the size, format and where the type will be positioned.
I started by looking at some previous children's book covers and general illustrations that lay in the same subject material area.
This was a very cute visual posabley too young for my audience. (With thanks from google images)
I did however like the idea of the animals surrounding the world. A clean and literal take on the theme.
Again here we have a stylised digital take on the subject. The running theme through out the different creatures are their facial expressions.
Some nice shapes. I chose this image as I felt it could provide some ideas for a more current styling of the book cover contents.
Although this wasn't strictly following the theme of the exercise. I liked this book cover and wondered if I could incorporate any similar sort of lino printing style or narrative within my design.
Again, to my surprise the end pages within another book had these lovely illustrations in.
I like the detailed images set against the simple one colour background.
It had, I thought, a lovely vintage feel like you were looking at a victorian collection of some kind.
I thought I would like to something a little like this. But wondered if it was a little serious for my targeted age group of viewers.
Here again i the totem pole I found whilst going around museums for the last exercise.
I thought this was a fun idea that I could think about incorporating.
I liked the stacking of creature sand wondered if I could arrange my chosen images in any sort of similar way.....
This illustration by Charlie Harper is one of my favourites. I love his clean and seemingly simple style.
Clear and calm detailed illustrations giving the audience an immediate understanding that they will uncover a comprehensive and varied selection of animals from around the world.
I started by doing my usual spider diagram.
Understanding the audience of 7-11 years old and what they may appreciate from a cover like this.
Wanting to create something bright and eye catching but not too cute or young.
Understanding the scale of the descriptive title and how to start thinking of the best way to approach it. In literal terms or in a more sophisticated way that didn't insult the audience.
I started sketching and doodling some (hopefully easy to recognise) animals
I had to think about what creatures were easily associated with which countries. What variation could I gather together in a clear or succinct way......
I started playing with some ideas.
Thinking about how I could group creatures together.
It seemed fun but possibly a little to young for my audience.
Here I was thinking about how to bring in the concept of the world or the mass of the Earth.
I had seen numerous times how illustrators had drawn the Earth then had various creatures emerging from their associated countries. I liked this idea but obviously wanted to try and create something a little different.
Again this idea seemed fun but I wasn't sure if it was for my age group audience.
I seemed to be creating light hearted visual ideas for younger age groups.
In the end I ran with the following three ideas and my rough colour visuals are as follows:
I know I should keep it simple but somehow I always manage to cram in slightly more, making it less comfortable to read. Never the less it is a fun idea that could be worked on.
Obviously the colours need to be more dynamic but I guess I was focusing more on the design.
This visual idea was a little calmer and probably more in keeping for the front of a natural history reference book.
I think it gives a more sophisticated feel for the varied grouping of animals from around the world and however sketchy my animals appear, they are more realistic than the rather cartoon like creatures I seem to have created in the previous two visual ideas.
I like the idea behind the design and could happily work more into it to create a presentable and finished cover design.
This jacket cover would work at approx 30 x 30cm. The clear text located in a white box, central within the image. Lighter blue background to act as a non evasive and supporting surround for the main focal animals which would be stronger and clearer in colour.
I was looking forward to trying this exercise and initially thought I would be able to create something a bit more polished and professional. But again I seem to flounder when it comes to using colour, resulting in rather anaemic or half hearted looking visuals. When starting out on this exercise I got excited at the prospect of trying to create an interesting or dynamic visual with a very limited colour palette. But quickly it became apparent that in order to be appealing for the specific audience it should really be in colour!