Task - Produce a cover illustration for a childs (age 7-11) book entitled Animals from around the World, to be used as a full colour jacket to encourage children to pick this book from the library shelf.
To start me off on this project I first had a good look into a wide variety of childrens books, especially the
ones portraying animals and the breadth of styles used.
|Examples of childrens book illustrations featuring animals.|
Following on with this idea of animals from around the world, I had the idea of a combination of the image of the earth and the animal combined and came up with the idea of using silhouettes of the animals which the children could recognise but filling them with the colours of the earth.
Using InDesign and Photoshop I live-traced the sketches and then made cutouts to fill the shapes with an image of the earth. See below for some examples.
I'm quite pleased with the effect and chuffed that I was able to recreate my initial idea into a digital form which I can use in various ways. I think that children would enjoy deciphering the shapes and guessing what the animals were, but maybe that could be a negative point in that maybe for the age range the children would struggle to make the connection. Style-wise I think a really that on a really nice white landscape background this could visually work well as a cover.
Visual 3 gives a better idea of how the finished cover would look. On reflection it could probably benefit from some sort of tinted background, maybe a light grey but I did not want to lose the clean white feel of the image.
The snake image behind the type needs work as the type is getting lost in the image but on the whole I think with work this could be a really nice cover. Another thought I have had since coming back, is that it could be a little too mature for its target audience, but maybe not?