Last week I completed my storybook project to produce this book:
The book is a 8- page folding book, made from a piece of thick A3 paper, telling the narrative of an interesting dream I had. I made the decision to change to this from my original alien plan after investigating Ladybird style illustration and stumbling upon a selection of “ladybird books for adults” like such:
This, coupled with my discovery of the Scarfolk City Council art blog, of subverted 70’s style info posters and, indeed, ladybird books, I started to feel my idea wasn’t as new and different as I first expected. Coupled with my inability to produce good watercolours, I think the idea was rather killed.
Luckily I had plenty of time to draw up my dream narrative into 7 pages to fit in a folding book, which I did. I submitted it with my sketchbook of mock- ups for a peer review:
I followed this up with my own review:
How confident have I been in taking risks?
I think I could have taken this idea further, given more time. This way I would feel more comfortable making decisions based on exploration rather than completing the book in the three or four days I had. I am planning to revisit my book to re-work it and possibly even produce a fully printed version, with a full bind and possibly even a marble inside cover.
Does this book convey the meaning of the story effectively and imaginatively?
I think I managed to reduce key elements of my narrative down to a simple and easy to follow story, however I don’t think I was overly imaginative, in retrospect; it being a straight- up illustrated book with a written story. However, I do think this form suits its purpose. I think with my re-work I could take a more imaginative approach, I considered ideas involving pop- up, which I feel would be beneficial to the “dream-like” feel I would like the book to have.
Is there evidence of sound working method of generating and documenting ideas?
I think, as I changed my mind about what narrative to convey within my book I have perhaps a little less dream narrative based research. My research into ladybird and penguin books allowed me to discover the extensive work into “ladybird books for adults” which made me feel like my idea wasnt particularly original, causing me to move onto what I feel was a more inventive idea.
I think my working method did however do its job; I was able to set out a basic narrative in 7 frames, and thumbnail each frame, making changes and seeing what was and wasn’t going to work as I went along.