🚧 This project is a work in progress! 🚧
@varunrau and I wanted to make our own children’s book! We both wanted to create a story that teaches the reader about art history. To start, we researched various children’s books and really loved the simplicity of Jon Klassen’s "This is Not My Hat" and "I Want My Hat Back".
Here are some iterations of our main character, Dottie. (We named her Dottie as a reference to Lichtenstein’s Benday Dot painting style!) We designed her to have huge eyes because we wanted her glasses to be comically large.
For the final version, I increased the brightness of the colors and increased the contrast in scale of her eyes and hair to make her appear even cuter.
We wanted to start with a few pages introducing Dottie’s family and interests.
After the intro, we started brainstorming which paintings Dottie should talk to. We picked artists with distinct styles that were easy to describe. Before we started drawing, we wrote out a basic script! Here are a couple snippets:
Then, we started to explore what the illustrations would actually look like! The following images are all a work in progress.
We're still working on this, but keep an eye out for Have you seen my glasses?