Major Project: Research on Children’s Books

Posted on: April 22, 2011

When I started my research, I looked online and went to book stores to get a feel for children books and get inspired. Here are some art styles I liked:

Figure 1.

I like the light toned and pale colours used, the watercolour/washed out effect is quite interesting and I like that style. The illustration is simple and the title is clearly portrayed by the ‘laughing giraffe’. It is quite simple and straight forward which is what my lecturer desired.  The main aim is to concentrate on the illustrations and keep the story simple. This is especially important with the fact that the book is aimed to 5-7 year olds who are learning to read.

Figure 2.

This art style is very cute and has a similar water-colour style to figure 1. As my book is based on marshmallows, I quite liked the bubbly and playful nature of the style. It is also not crowded, quite spaced out with areas of white which is easy on the eyes for children. Emphasis is also portrayed on the main character/object etc. I like this effect and it has influenced my art style for my book.

Figure 3.

This particular art style is very cute and it is quite simple. It isn’t too brightly coloured but with nice tones and slightly dull colours, it is quite beautiful I think. The simplicity of the background has influenced me and the lighting being concentrated on the subjects has also influenced me. I particularly like the odd shape of the characters (a cat and a rabbit), the style is very nice ^.^

Figure 4.

When I discovered this image I was very influenced by the thought of creating marshmallow characters that look like animals ^.^ I thought the little marshmallow animals were extremely cute and appealing to children. Furthermore, I thought the idea of basing a children’s book on marshmallows would be quite unique and different ^.^

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