‘I Don’t Belong Here’ – Children’s Picture Book

Copyright Victoria Cassanell 2014

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My main project for the final semester of my degree has been writing and illustrating a children’s picture book entitled ‘I Don’t Belong Here’. I chose to create a book about an unhappy tiger who escapes from a circus and then embarks upon a journey to find where he belongs. I wanted the book to be entertaining for children whilst also teaching them that wild animals belong in the wild. I wrote the story so that it rhymes and sounds appealing when read aloud. I created the illustrations using a mix of watercolour paint, pencils, collage with mono prints, and photoshop. I have had this project made into a book.

Editorials

For this third year project we had to create a series of editorial illustrations. We had to chose headlines that were in the news at the time. The headlines I chose were about mutant rats, rising fuel prices, and Princess Anne’s statement that we should eat horse meat as it would result in horses receiving better treatment.

Tian Tian and the Moon

Also for my second year summer projects I decided to create and illustrate a narrative. I chose to create a story about the panda Tian Tian at Edinburgh zoo. Tian Tian was under 24 hour surveillance due to her possible pregnancy. I created a story based on this, and imagined that Tian Tian tired of constantly being watched, longs to escape her enclosure and therefore  climbs to the moon.

Book Covers

For our summer projects for the second year we could chose our own briefs. I chose to create a series of book covers for classic children’s books. I created covers for Madeline, The Railway Children and Swallows and Amazons.

Michael and the Polar Bears

For this second year project I had to write and illustrate a narrative. I chose to create my narrative about a boy called Michael who can’t sleep and sneaks out the house. He then encounters a group of polar bears who take him on an adventure. I created end pages, 4 single pages and 9 double page spreads. I collaged with mono prints to create the backgrounds and hand drew the polar bears and Michael. I then assembled the images on photo shop. I also included pop up and fold out elements such as the curtains on the windows, the cave and the tent.

Polar Bears

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For this second year project I drew a series of polar bears for a story I was creating.

The Wind in the Willows

This was my design for the Penguin Design Award 2013. I chose to illustrate the part in the book where the weasels take over Toad Hall, and the creatures have to battle to take it back. I created the trees using linocut, then I created the background and creates using mono prints.

Space Magazine

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For this second year collaborative project we had to produce a magazine. Our theme was space and we had to each produce one single page and three double page spreads. Each page had a different theme relating to space, mine where; The Big Bang, The Moon, Animals in Space and Travelling to Space. Also all our images had to include a whale in some way.