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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Inside Spread

So, here is a single spread from the story. Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

First Spead

Okay, so I have a draft of the first spread done. They have two different styles applied to them, which you can see in this side by side comparison (each page of the spread has a different style).

You can see the two page spread below. Be sure to click on the images to see the detail. Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Progress on artwork

I've been working on the physical pieces of the art. I will be finishing them up soon. After that, it is time for a physical photo shoot and the digital magic begins. All physical art is done with children's art supplies.
Below are the three little pigs. My daughter and I made these together. We made two of each of the pigs. One for inside the picture, and one to sit on the edge of the picture. I still need to make Grand and Elder pigs. I am thinking one will be white, and one will be black. But time will tell.

Here is the Big Bad Wolf. There are three of them. One is standing, and one is blowing. These will be used in the picture. The sitting one will be sitting on the edge of the picture. For the inside of the picture, I needed one that was blowing and one that was not.

At some point, the wolf and pigs will get hats, but that might not be for the first draft of the book. I am wanting to get a layout put together!
Below you see the landscape hill that the story takes place on. The Pigs, the Wolf, the Sun, and the Houses will all be added to this with the computer. I have a pretty cool idea for the sky if I can pull it off. Kind of an over lay/under lay type thing.

The houses and sun are going to be melted crayon art I've made a number of guides for making these, and I hope to make them tonight or tomorrow night. The sun grid is a simple circle, and I will make swirls around it. I have three boards to make the sun on, I will make 6 to 12 sun views depending on how it feels right. 

The house paintings need to total 6. The Straw and Stick houses need both a built and a blown version. I have two boards for this, divided by blown down or standing. I will blow dry the crayon to blow one of the sets of houses down.

The Stone house needs two versions as well. The first is a house from the outside, and the second shows a fireplace. These will be on the same board.

So I have some crayon art left to do before I can do the photo shoot. I need to make the houses, the Grand and Elder pigs, and some suns. I will post once I am done with that.
I am going to do the first draft of the book without the Elmer's glue quote bubbles. Like the hats for the pigs and wolf, they will come, but I want to get some basic layout done first.  

Friday, April 10, 2015

First Draft of Book Text

So, I've finished with the first draft of the book text. The four key pieces are represented below (the chart is UML, the lines that start with BigBadWolf.Says and similar are pseudo C, the lines that start with // are English, and the quote below the chart will live in a text bubble). You can see the full first attempt, in all it's flaws, here. Please let me know if you have any suggestions or feedback. I feel like I am doing something off the beaten trail here, so feedback will help me make it functional.

Big Bad Wolf: "Then I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house down."

bool BigBadWolf.BlowsHouse(Pig LittlePig)
        //The Big Bad Wolf says “Then I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house down.”
        BigBadWolf.Says(“Then I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house down.”);
        //The Big Bad Wolf huffs and puffs.
        //The Big Bad blows Little Pig Red’s house.
                //It is true. The Big Bad Wolf blows the straw house down.
                return true;
                return false;

Monday, April 6, 2015

Exploring the art behind the idea.

In order to make sure I had a solid idea, and to really explore the options on what I was thinking about the book (and for an art class last quarter), I completed two projects. The first was exploring the UML side of things, and how to communicate well with ULM and pictures. This also looked more at the "kid" side of the equation. The second is explored more of the "computer" side of the equation, and ended up being just as intriguing to my daughter. Below you can see pictures of some of the things I have done.