A playful thematic wordbook designed to inform children about monkeys and key characteristics about their ways of life. The children’s book layout and illustrations were customized to convey the message presented on the pages. The typography is placed as if you were following across the page with your finger with a child. The custom hand drawn illustrations were created to keep the children attentive throughout the spreads.
In my class we were assigned to create a thematic wordbook about any topic or theme we wanted to do and create a front cover, back cover and two full spreads. I am an aunt of two young nephews and they are in love with monkeys. My inspiration came from their favorite stuffed animals, monkeys. I then did some research and found information that could be visually conveyed through illustrations for the readers. I chose to design in a colorful palette to intrigue a younger audience as they look at the book. I used the iPad Pro and pencil to hand draw all the illustrations for a more playful and creative look.
I first started with hand sketches. The beginning was more rough drafts and layout ideas that continually become more in-depth and detailed. Once I had my type I was going to illustrate and the rough sketches I transferred the hand drawn pencil drawings to my iPad Pro applications. I used the iPad Pro with the pencil to create the layers of color that transformed into my illustrations. With layers on top of layers and many small details the illustrations came to life. The software I used (and highly suggest) on the iPad Pro was the Adobe sketch and draw applications. These applications are user friendly and easy to transfer to the computer. Once I was done illustrating my spreads I transferred to my computer directly to Adobe Illustrator. Within Adobe Illustrator I touched up rough edges and inserted my type into the format I thought visually conveyed the message the best.
I received good feedback on my layout design and craftmenship of the illustrations I drew. I received an A on this project as well as heard from my other designer friends how kid friendly and playful the book was. My two nephews love looking at this book and enjoy laughing at the monkeys on the pages.
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