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The Egg King
A children's book story about a King that loves eggs. Book intended for kids aged from 5-10.
"One night, the Egg King decided to take a walk underneath the stars. He was a king who loved eggs, and was so called the Egg King..."
It started from my own infatuation of eggs, and it just snowballed from there. I wanted the story to have a sort of rewarding ending, and wanted for the narrative to remain dreamlike all throughout. Elements like the rabbit as the moon was drawn from my own Korean heritages.
I used Graphite pencil to create the initial drawings, and added in the colors through digital mediums. This helped me achieve the softness of the look, but still let it remain clean and legible, just like a dream. I made sure to use limited color palettes as well, just so it wouldn't take away too much from the detailed illustrations.
I just used graphite to draw out my illustrations, then colored them digitally on photoshop. I made sure to handle the graphite carefully, so that it rendered the mark makings I love about the medium so much, but also curated the haziness of the drawing by brushing away the drawings subtly enough with dry brushes and just regular tissue paper.
Coloring was the easy part, since it was the same idea as drawing in a coloring book. Just had to make sure the colors didn't go off its designated edges!
It was positive overall, peers seemed to love the quirkiness of it, but the professionals seemed to not love it too much for the same reason. But overall, I received credit for the technicality of the project. I think it's important to keep in mind of the storytelling next time around.
It was my first time making a full blown children's book, and it was a rewarding experience overall. I definitely learned a lot.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it!