Sunday, 8 May 2011


I have finally finished my self defined project, The mystery of the honey bees.

Here are my final images:

Front cover

 End pages - there are four of these, two at the front, two at the back

 Page 1

Page 2


Page 4

Page 5

page 6

Page 7

Page 8

Page 9

Page 10

 Page 11

Page 12

Page 13

page 14

Page 15

Page 16

Page 17

page 18

Page 19

Finito! Overall I am happy with the result of my book, i think i accomplished what i set out to do which is create a whimsical story for children based of a realistic issue to attempt to educate whilst still appeal to their imagination. Unfortunately i ran out of time to get it professionally printed so i did it myself by printing onto decent paper, then mounting these print outs on folded a3 paper and cutting it down to size before sewing it together. The parts i'm most pleased with are the change between colour to black and white, i think this adds the sense of losing something significant to this world and the affects this would have, i chose to illustrate this section from page12 by taking four countries and showing what would happen to those places if al the honey bees really did disappear as they do so in the story ive written, this would show the audience what other countries rely on so i think i have bought some culture into it also. if i could improve my book i would probably redo the covers, add more facts to the pages at the back and get it properly rprinted. Alo i think more exciting things could be happening on the page, such as small details that would interest the kids reading it like bees flying around the sky on motorbikes, or something. 

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Final books for Diesel Competition

7Unfortunately i did not get them properly printed to size as by the time i was finally going to get them done i discovered uni doesn't do back to back printing, although i do still intend on getting them printed to size as the whole point of them is that they are large standing table books.

Friday, 6 May 2011

Research and inspiration

Seonna Hong - 

Seonna Hong is one of my favourite artists, her imagery is really charming and distinctive and i love her use of colour. What delightful work. She works in fine art as well as animation.

Good Ol' Quentin Blake - A particular childhood favourite of mine, he captures so much personality within his illustrations which give the characters so much life. I've included some faves from my past. I feel all nostalgic now looking at these, oh the wonders of the joint magnificent duo that was Roal Dahl and Quentin Blake! 

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Some final images and stages of finals

'NOT THE BEES! NOT THE BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!' - Quote One of old great Nicholas Cages acting efforts. He never fails to deliver. Har har har.

These are some of the images for the centre of the story when all the leaves, fruit, honey and every other thing that honey bees give us leave with the bees.........

I have included some work in progress imagery just to show my process.

Pages where it shows what India would lose:

What would India lose? Lemons, limes, okra, sunflowers, cotton.....

Jamaica - would lose mangoes, coconuts, star apples....

Japan would lose their beautiful cherry blossom and peaches.....

stage 1 was creating the background
stage 2 the character
stage 3 adding the tree and falling blossom
stage 4 adding type
stage 5 adding fruit and more blossom......

Below is some of my development for page two, just to show how i come up with the finals....


Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Trees and nature

Collage and mixed media trees and other natural stuffings....


more characters for the book

Some designs for characters........