Our Final Project in Illustrator!

The Problem: You will choose a famous fairy tale, nursery rhyme or fable and create a series of illustrations that tell the story in 5 - 6 pages (spreads).

(This is a spread)



The Gingerbread Man
Hansel and Gretel
Old Mother Hubbard
Little Red Riding Hood
The Frog Prince
The Red Shoes
The Princess and the Pea
Humpty Dumpty
The Little Match Girl
Snow White
The Ugly Duckling
Sleeping Beauty
The Emperor's New Clothes
The Tortoise and The Hare
The Three Bears
Any Aesop's Fable
Any short fairy tale that is NOT the Disney Version

Process: You will first choose the story that you will illustrate and break it down into 5 or 6 main "scenes"

1. Introduce the main character(s)- protagonist and the setting of the story. (The three pigs)
2. Outline their "plight". (They decide it is time to move out on their own and become independent)
3. Identify the "problem" or conflict- Antagonist. (Enter: the wolf.)
4-5 (or more?) Describe the events of the conflict or problem (the wolf tries to capture the pigs by blowing down their homes)
Final spread- the resolution of the conflict, depicting a change or realization in the main character. (Pigs realize there is strength in togetherness)

Once you have your outline completed, you will sketch out the compositions of each of the spreads of the story.

Look at this link for some tips on composing your images- straight from the illustrators at Marvel Comics. SCROLL DOWN TO THE SECTION ON CAMERA ANGLE. GOOD STUFF!
Decide on the style that you want to use for your illustrations- see this link for some examples of illustration styles
and HOW you plan on bringing in the illustrations- you may use illustrator to draw them, or you may draw and scan.

Decide on text placement (and how you write the text- you may put into your own words)

Finally, you will bring it all into Illustrator.

•each spread is to be letter size, landscape orientation.
•the entire piece is to be made in Illustrator, using EVERYTHING you know about the program (and maybe a few new tricks as well!)


STYLE- All of the illustrations must be consistent in their style and color choices. Maybe you have very limited colors, or even only black and white plus one color? Are the shapes geometric or freely drawn? Are the outlines on the drawings brushy or non existent?

TEXT- Text must complement the story in the font and the color, as well as placement. Creative placement of text is encouraged.

TEXTURE/DETAIL- The illustrations must have details and be descriptive! Do you use patterns? Do you layer a textured image over the top to give a slight texture? Do you use a filter or transparency? Use of positive and negative space? Shading?

COMPOSITION- Consider POINT OF VIEW- some pages may zoom out to show the whole setting, whereas others may zoom in to focus on a particular detail. Use of repetition? Scene as seen by the main character or an outside viewer (or the antagonist?)

You must go beyond the most basic idea to get a great grade on this project....your use of details, point of view, compositional techniques, etc are going to go a long way!


A tutorial to inspire you- a how-to with a few tricks

http://www.woopstudios.com/ very nicely layered images

The King's 6th Finger- a new fairy tale book with great illustrations

Eli, No!- an awesome example of simple illustration (and a great design website overall!)

Oliver Jeffers, children's author- a video about how his ideas come to life.