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Personal Projects – Illustrated Children’s Book – Scissor Story

Scissor Story Book Design

As you know we are big fans of personal projects. We think they allow designers some design freedom and stretches those creative muscles. We’ve previously blogged about the Lost Poster and Charlie’s Nursery Rhyme. Well, this next personal project is a book my mother in law wrote for Steve and his brothers when they were little. Very briefly, the story is about a small town called Bladesville where the various scissor families lived. One day Andrew Household goes missing and his neighbours Steven Sharp and Matthew Shears go to search for the missing boy. Needless to say they found him stuck in some brambles and the whole of Bladesville had to come and snip him out!

Scissor Story Book Design

As soon as we’d discovered the story Steve and I knew we’d have to illustrate and format it as a gift for my mother in law. We knew we’d use Lulu again for printing it, as the quality was so good last time and you could order a single book.

We wanted a different style to the illustrations this time, so we decided to hand draw the sketches and not re-draw the outlines in Illustrator to give them more of a homely, warm touch. We then coloured them in Photoshop using a layered effect with a watercolour brush.

Scissor Story book design

Scissor Story book design

As the illustrations were so time consuming we didn’t have enough time to do one illustration per page, so the most important scenes were selected and the format was designed around these key scenes.

Scissor Story Book Design

Scissor Story Book Design

We gave Ann-Marie her book on Christmas Day and her eyes welled up with tears as the present sunk in. It took 6 months in total to complete the book, and we were so very pleased with the results.

So what do you think of the Scissor Story? Do you prefer the illustrations on Charlie’s Nursery Rhyme? Or do you like the hand drawn look?

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Posted on Thursday, February 21st, 2013 at 11:24 am
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