Back in May I did a blog post about a book I received in the mail. The book was 'Swedish Folk Tales' with illustrations by John Beaur. Recently in college we were given the task to write our own project brief. I knew right away that I wanted to do a children's book and since I said that I was going to do illustrations based on the story 'Daga and the Flying Troll of Sky Mountain' from the book. I am making a start on it now.
Here is my brief that I've set myself;
Puffin Books are looking for talented illustrators to produce
illustrations and a book cover design for a new individual edition of a classic
Swedish fairy tale from the book ‘Swedish Folk Tales’. The book is filled with
many tales of trolls and princesses, all with original illustrations by John
Bauer. Although iconic as they may be, we are looking to create a new
illustrated version of a tale from the book that will appeal to children with a
fresh, imaginative and collectable look. It is a perfect opportunity to bring
to life one of these stories, which is not as widely known as the Grimm’s tales
or Alice in Wonderland. The aim of this brief is to eventually create a series
of small paperback books each to be sold individually. The target audience for this
paperback version will be 5 to 8 year olds. The series will be called ‘Old Folk
Tales’. Your illustrations must have an imaginative concept and original
interpretation. Aim to capture a classic element. Your design must address the topic of open
mindedness and individuality in a fun and relatable manner. It must have a
point of difference from the many other fairy tale books it is competing
Format: 5x180x240mm, S - 0.5 W - 18 L - 24cm
·At least four pages of research on
other illustrators that inspired you, photographs, films etc.
·Thorough exploration of the story.
Look at environments, symbolism, concept, overall feeling and mood.