We were brought in by BigSky Publishing to design and creative direct the production of their new children’s book ‘The Boy and The Bunnet’. The author James Robertson wrote an original tale in the Scots dialect, which was later translated into Scots Gaelic for two versions of the book. We commissioned recent ECA graduate Jojo Norris to work on the illustrations.
Using her black & white illustrations we designed each illustration to fit the story, adding additional elements where required, and arranging each scene to suit. Some illustrations remained very close to how they’d originally been drawn. Some however were much more heavily rearranged by ourselves, eg. the front cover and lead image used here, which was created from separate b/w drawings of: the boy, a stag and a couple of trees.
We colored the whole book in a fresh, unique color scheme, created not only to suit the snowy Scottish winter locale of the tale, but also to portray a warm and friendly mood to balance the themes presented. Scans of textures were also used occasionally in the coloring process to help add a bit of depth to the imagery eg. the boy’s jumper.
The title on the front cover was designed to further capture the warm natural feel of the story, whilst giving a chunky identity to both the publication and the future publicity.
Following the book release, original music was also composed for a stage show of the story, and additional CD sleeves, programmes, posters & flyers were designed and produced. We had a wealth of imagery from the book to draw from and included elements on the publicity to hint at the themes and present the main characters of the tale. The A4 programme for the show featured games and puzzles for the children to do themselves and was very well received.