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Personal Projects: Illustrated Children’s Book

Children's illustration book design

Back in June I was honored to become God mother to my best friends Son – Charlie. So far, I have made a range of gifts for this wonderful (and very spoilt) young man – I knitted a cardigan, crochet a hat, blanket and booties, baked his Mum plenty of cakes whilst he was in her tummy and I’ve just finished my latest creation for Charlie… his very own nursery rhyme book!

Children's illustration book design - front cover

Children's book illustration design front cover

The book is based around a nursery rhyme which tells the tale of Charlie going into space via one of his Mums out of control Victoria Sponges! Eventually the cake crumbles and Charlie comes plummeting back to earth to be comforted by his Mum and Dad.

Children's book illustration design inside page

I still haven’t converted to using a tablet, so each of the images was lovingly sketched out, scanned into the computer and re-drawn to create crisp vector illustrations. I had the book printed with Lulu who are a self publishing printers specializing in single and small print runs. I wanted to create a large, hard copy book (for durability) and Lulu had a range of sizes and covers to work with.

It took many a weekend and evening to complete the book but I must say I am very pleased with the final result and I am looking forward to the time when my God Son will be able to read it to me!

Children's illustration book design

Illustrated Children's book design - inside page

Illustrated Children's book design - inside page

I know I have mentioned this before, but I cannot stress enough the importance of personal projects. This project has forced me to really push my Illustrative skills, in a non pressured yet completely rewarding way. Right now onto the next personal project, this office wall is looking a bit bare…..

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Posted on Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 at 11:48 am
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