Final Project


The Very Loud Zoo and Let’s Visit San Francisco!

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Book cover design for “The Very Loud Zo,o” by Harper Payne and  “Let’s Visit San Francisco,” by Dorothy Taylor.

My initial compositions were quite realistic and to simplify them, I found it very pleasing to learn an alternative way for creating childrens’ books and that was by the collage techniques of Eric Carle and David Klein. My weaknesses lye in the fact that there could be more animals represented on the left and some craftsmanship errors in the both. However, I feel that I put a lot in demonstrating a scene that could go well with the title of these books. That of a roudy duo may serve better as possible characters than a title, however I till feel that they can accomplish the same.

My inspiration were Eric Carle and Jonathan Woodward. My strengths lye in the embodiment of the title possibly and the action of my characters which I feel I struggled with throughout the semester, I am finally starting to show a little more in my designs in the terms of action.

To go about creating these designs,

I first created a digital outline, then made a sheet to trace from that design and cut out and paste on the paper.

Here are my sketches


Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 3.39.51 PMMy original design was Let’s Visit Sydney Australia. However, I was still able to utilize the background for the Golden Gate Bridge instead.



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Final Project: Book Covers

The Very Loud Zoo
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I started with researching all of the loud animals I wanted to represent, and I gathered scrap as references for sketches. Next, I drew many versions of each animal until I had simplified versions that would transfer well to cut paper. I also made sure that these versions fit the age group of the audience. I did several composition sketches regarding how the animals would fit in the space and possibly interact with each other. After, I drew larger versions of each animal on paper, cut them out, and arranged them according to my sketches. It was very unique to encounter the monkey wrench thrown into the project, which was having to deal with large shapes and fitting them harmoniously within the small space of the book cover. Below are images of my sketches for the zoo cover. I was definitely inspired by illustrations in Brown Bear Brown Bear, What do you see?
Here are my sketches:
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Let’s Visit Sydney!
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As with the zoo cover, I researched what was iconic to Sydney, Australia. I made a final list of elements that would signify Australia graphically. The composition was inspired by David Klein’s illustrations, especially one featuring food that was compartmentalized in half-circles. I also looked at his TWA posters for style inspiration. I wanted to evoke playfulness for the children, and I know I achieved this aspect. The compartmentalization allows the child’s eye to move around the cover, being more immersed in the subject and focusing on one icon at at a time. I went away from the standard layering of a cityscape and in turn I created a more educational and fun experience for the audience and a great teaching tool for educators.
Here are my sketches:
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Book Covers


From the beginning to end I was very excited about this project because I grew up reading the books of Eric Carle. As my parents read the words aloud to me, I became lost in the word but also the pictures. I always loved the vibrant colors and great textures that he created on paper before cutting out the shapes. I never appreciated his process until I used it to create both of my covers. The Very Loud Zoo cover was very fun and challenging.

For this cover I drew six different animals at a very large scale. But, then I was told the cover had to be created all by hand and could not be scaled down on the computer for the final. As you can see, I had to eliminate 2 animals so it could fit and I only included the upper body of some animals to be sure I could include an open mouth. I wanted my animals to have mouths open so one could imagine sound escaping from their mouths.I enjoyed making textures with acrylic paint for my detail on the animals.

For my second book cover, Let’s Visit Venice, Italy! I decided to add detail by using an ink pen to add the details on top of my cut paper. I was inspired by not only Eric Carle, but also David Klein. David Klein was very creative with his cut paper but he also was great with a pen to add detail. I wanted to incorporate well recognized parts of Venice for the adults when reading the book, but the I used the Gondola man to invite the children to come along for an adventure.

I really enjoyed this project because we were able to play around with shapes, paint and compositions.

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Children’s Books Illustrations

For the Zoo cover I wanted the style of the animals to contain very few curves and be more jagged so that it resembles the cut-out style seen in Eric Carle’s work. Ultimately I went for a lion to be the star of the cover because of how notorious their roar is. In my sketches (seen in my last post) I had a lion with a mane that took the shape of a diamond. That shape was something I hoped to capture in my final piece. The shape is lost in the mane but but overall I am happy with how the mane came out thanks to the various shades of orange and yellow


For the city cover I chose San Francisco because it’s a place that I would like to live. It’s also a place that I visited recently and left a positive imprint on me. One area that was the most memorable to me was Lombard Street. I chose this area for my cover, but am unsatisfied with the final result because I feel that it doesn’t capture the “cramped” feeling that I had when I went down this street with my family


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Children’s Book Covers

The Very Loud Zoo: 

The first children’s book was completed in Eric Carle’s style. This project was very enjoyable for me as I got to have a little more fun with my illustration style and care less about the small details in craftsmanship. When I was researching different types of “loud animals” I was trying to keep myself very aware of the colors and shapes I would achieve when creating these animals out of paper. I wanted to do a balance of warm and cool and keep the colors vibrant as the book is for children. Eventually I decided on a bellowing elephant with cool blues and gray, a squawking flamingo in bright pink, a croaking bullfrog in dark and bright green, and a hissing rattle snake in warm golds and browns.

The biggest difficulty I faced with this project was finalizing a layout that would show enough of each animal to communicate what they were and show a bit of personality, while still cropping them off in a loud and interesting way. The things I knew needed to be seen from each animal were: the elephant’s trunk, the flamingo’s beak, the snake’s rattle, and the frog’s large mouth. After deciding on a layout for that, adding the texture was the most exciting part. I painted large fields of the color I wanted and tested out different texture on each one. In the finished product, the elephant got a rough, spongey effect, the flamingo got a scratchy feather effect, the frog was relatively smooth with three different shades of green, and the snake used metallic and crinkling of the paper to give it a scaly look. Overall, I am happy with the final book cover. If I had to go back and do it again, I would try to think more about the text from the beginning. I think it works here, but I had to reposition the elephant’s eye to make it work and it would have been stronger if I had planned for that in the beginning.



Let’s Visit Moscow: 

The second children’s book was completed in David Klein’s style. This project was slightly more difficult than the first in that I knew immediately I wanted to include a lot more detail and layers of information to mirror Klein’s style. When I was researching different locations, I really wanted a place that would be iconic in its landmarks. Initially, I wanted to do Cairo for it’s pyramids, but ultimately decided on Moscow because I thought the bright colors from St. Basil’s Cathedral offered much more than the sandy colors palette I would be limited to by executing Cairo. In addition to the iconic tops of the Cathedral, I included a snowy blue/gray sky and snowflakes ranging from the foreground to the back to make the conceit to Russia’s weather.

The process I took to complete this cover was very different from how I worked on the Eric Carle inspired cover. First of all, I traced the towers of the cathedral and layered them in a way that would be realistic, but also very stylized. After cutting out each tower, I painted them in fine detail. Once the detail was added, I cut the sections of each tower into individual pieces. The towers were separated from the columns, ledges, and arches. When gluing down the towers to the background, I layered them back together to give them that cut paper look. I then added snowflakes in the background and added larger and more detailed snowflakes to the foreground. One thing that I think worked better in this cover than the other is the text. From the beginning, I was aware of where the text would be in relation to the rest of the design and I left it space to breathe. Additionally, I used a darker blue background which makes the orange and red text easy to read.


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Book Covers

When first given this project I was super excited especially about the zoo cover. I looked at Eric Carle and David Klein work to get a closer look on their different design styles and layouts. I wanted to be able to understand the different styles of each illustrator. Eric Carle has always been my favorite, I enjoy his books and watching the video on how we made his covers was truly inspiring. Once I got started on my cover the process did not seem as hard as I thought it would be. To start this project I gathered different images of animals that I believe to be loud. Then I sketched an idea for the cover, realizing I had the design to small so had to enlarge it. However, once I started cutting all the pieces and collaging them together I realized it was not simple as I thought. My zoo cover, I feel turned out the best and looks most like Eric Carle skills. If I could change anything I would have put the background down first and made it lighter colors so the title is more clear. The second cover was a little harder for me, I did not know what city to do at first. I started with Athens but changed to Boston. I included the Paul Revere statue and some famous building that are in Boston. I wanted to capture the historical side of Boston. I believe this cover would have been more successful if I added more detail. I feel as if there is a lot of empty space. Overall, I’m very happy with my Very Loud Zoo book cover, it has a good composition and turned out way better then I thought.

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Project 4 Self Evaluation

When first reading the project brief for the Children’s Book cover I passed judgment by thinking that this would be simple. After being told that you cannot illustrate based off of children being naïve I realized that there was going to be a lot more to this process than I had initially thought. Despite how tough it was to try the style of a professional, I still enjoyed learning the illustration processes overall.

Beginning my process for the Very Loud Zoo cover, I initially researched some of the loudest animals out there in addition to the illustrative style of Eric Carle. I then printed off several sheets of scrap, which allowed me to trace, sketch, and arrange various compositions. After seeing some of the loud zoo animals I decided to choose based off of aesthetic qualities. I ended up choosing a cockatoo, a wolf, and a tiger. Essentially I chose a small, medium, and large animal. I was really intrigued by some of my scrap pictures of tigers so I decided that I wanted that to be the focal point of my book cover. After taking these elements into account I chose the animal poses that I wanted to utilize. I then sketched and traced each animal individually on tracing paper.

This then allowed me to piece together my composition and take into account things like cropping and even making my composition larger than expected. Once my final composition was placed I then consulted professor Register on ways in which I could transfer my composition to the actual surface. After further discussion I learned how to transfer my image by rubbing graphite on the back and tracing over the top of the image. One my final image was on the illustration board I then prepared my colors and painted various colors, values, and patterns on separate paper. After drying, I was then able to cut out shape after shape and place it in the appropriate area. The only image that I painted on was the stripes of the tiger. Overall, I do enjoy how the cover turned out. If there were anything that I would do differently it would be to have painted better textures on my paper.

Later on I began the process of my next children’s book cover. Before starting anything official I began to research popular places that people typically visit. Not only popular places, but places that were visually pleasing as well. From the Louvre in Paris to Architecture in Singapore, many places were researched for their beauty. Eventually I stumbled upon Los Angeles as I was thinking about how I may wish to live there one day. After considering Los Angeles I realized that the memorable David Klein did a TWA poster for L.A. and Hollywood. This instantly inspired me and made me want to do my own rendition of a similar concept. After Hollywood was decided, I researched more and more ways in which David Klein executed his process, which was honestly hard for me to find. Oddly enough, I took a similar approach to that of Eric Carle with the addition of Klein-like elements.

From this point forward, I sketched and traced various popular landforms within Los Angeles and was really intrigued by the famous “Hollywood” sign. So at that point I somewhat made a scene by combining different elements. I combined the Hollywood sign with a mountain range and even palm trees as well. At this point I more so painted my colors first and then cut out the individual shapes. Afterwards, I added any additional values and details that were needed.   All in all, I enjoyed the outcome of this poster as well. If there were anything that I would do differently for this it would be to give more depth to my mountain range.

A lot was learned from this project. I can now say I have a clear understanding of what illustration actually is, along with its various forms and approaches. Especially as a graphic designer I can see where the two crafts overlap.


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Final Covers:

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Children’s Book Illustrations

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Let's Visit Beijing!


Very loud Zoo

I thoroughly enjoyed this project. It was fun being able to use the styles of Eric Carle and David Klein. I sketches out what I wanted my figures to look like. I then painted paper and added textures according to what i thought looked appropriate. I really like the textures that resulted from using different tools and materials (aluminum foil, the hard end of the brush,a sponge, and a hair brush). Of course, having the catch of making the composition 8.5×11 after making it much larger was a challenge. I worked with this hurdle by cropping the animals into the cover, which I think made it look better in the long run. I think the colors of each cover work well together in terms of contrast. However, I forgot to keep in mind the color scheme of the zoo title while making my background. This made “The Very Loud Zoo” hard to read. For the city cover, I had a hard time correcting the scan to make the composition look better. However, I think I tackled this project well and I learned a lot.


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Children’s Book Covers

While exciting, this project seemed a little overwhelming at first! After gathering lots of scrap and researching our inspirations, Eric Carle and David Klein, I started to get more excited about this project. As a child I always loved Eric Carle books, in fact I got to meet him and he signed my Dream Snow book. My love for this author and illustrator comes from my mother, who has been a kindergarten teacher for almost 30 years. Even though I am currently 21 years old, the children’s books still litter the house because of my mom’s occupation and every once in awhile I will pick one up and flip through it. I love Eric Carle’s process and was really excited when I got to try it out for myself. While David Klein influenced my Let’s Visit Philadelphia! book cover, I believe that my strong inspiration from Eric Carle will show through there as well. I did many sketches to achieve the overall look and feel to both book covers. The Very Loud Zoo book was my favorite although I was challenged when it came to cutting all my pieces apart and collaging them back together. I believe I could have been a bit cleaner, but looking back at Eric Carle’s illustrations, not all of his animals are perfect shapes either so I kind of like the unique qualities of each animal. I believe some of my facial expressions could have been a bit better to indicate that they were loud animals, but overall I am happy with my composition. As for my Let’s Visit Philadelphia! book cover, I believe I could have added more details like David Klein does with his work, but I was just not confident in my abilities to execute those fine details well. Then again, we were supposed to include our own personal style too, and my style tends not to include a lot of fine detail. I chose buildings and items in Philadelphia that mean something to me and that I would personally recognize, but I think I could have included one more item that was more iconic. Overall, I am happy with this composition, although I think my stronger book cover would be my Very Loud Zoo cover.

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Project 4: Book Covers

When beginning this project I became very excited because it brought back a lot of memories from my childhood reading Eric Carle’s children books. I really enjoyed the simplicity of his books and having the main focus being just on the animal itself. I was also interested in researching more about David Klein and understanding him a bit better. When first starting “The Very Loud Zoo” cover my first step was researching Eric Carle and deciding which animals I wanted to have on my cover. I then decided on using an elephant, lion, hippo and a macaw. All of these animals in some way are loud and I was excited to use them for my cover. After I chose which animals I wanted to use my next step would be researching and gathering scrap so that I could begin my process. While working on this project I was a little apprehensive towards the painting part because the technique Eric Carle uses is so different from what I am used to. However, I did enjoy the use of texture and being able to see the brush strokes because I felt it gave of a more young a playful look to the overall look of the cover. The next thing I found difficult while working on the Eric Carle inspired book was figuring out each individual piece that would be painted, so for my elephant and hippo those were not as difficult compared to the lion that consisted of many more pieces. When originally working with my composition I left the majority of my animals mouths closed, this did not portray the animals as loud as they could possibly be, so by opening up their mouth it allowed for more of an imagination to actually hear them. Finally after the final piece was put together it all started to come together as a whole. I am very pleased with the way my cover came out and that I was able to work with a medium I do not typically use as often.


For the second part of this project I decided to use the city Seattle, although I’ve never personally been to Seattle, I’ve always wanted to visit and go inside of the space needle and experience the views it has to offer. While doing research I needed to find some key things to showcase to fully represent Seattle in the best way. The major component for the piece was the space needle, and after doing research I found it very interesting and cool that you could see Mt. Rainier from the city. Another thing I wanted to incorporate was the coffee because of the Seattle’s Best brand. I didn’t want to make my piece too detailed because I wanted to just focus on each item within the cover. While working with my composition, I originally left out the sky part. I then later decieded that it would work better to have it in the piece. I also had to be cautious to not let the sky blend into the skyline since both are fairly dark because I wanted to capture the city at night. This project was both fun and a learning experience because I had to work with a different medium than I’m used to as well as think differently because each cover was made out of cut paper and worked with layering each piece on top of one another.


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