Katherina London

Digital Designer

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"Everyone Will Laugh at Me" quote from Children's Book

Instead of designing a drop cap I'm designing a quote from one of my favorite children's books, Ganesha's Sweet Tooth by Sanjay Patel and Emily Haynes.

I'm hoping to be heavily inspired by the aesthetic of the book illustrations as I love the bold colors, geometric shapes, and patterning seen throughout the book. Here are some sample pages.: 

The quote I chose from the book is: 

"Everyone will laugh at me."

Let me back up and tell you that the story is about the Hindu God, Ganesha, who has the head of an elephant and one day breaks his tusk accidently. He says "Everyone will laugh at me" and instead finds out that the accident was vital in order to fulfill his destiny. 

I thought this was a great story on how a misfortune in life may lead to something great and unexpected. Great message for all of us, right?

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Sketches: 

Below is my creative process.

1. Make a list of words related to the book in whatever form. 

2. After I came up with words, I realized a liked a specific quote from the book that I'm choosing to illustrate/design. 

3. Research how I can incorporate the styling of the book into each letter of the quote. 

4. Choose which words I want to emphasize.

5. Draw! 

What should the letters look like?

I didn't like any of those sketches! Boo. Scratch that and move on to something else.

So, I continue my exploration by seeing what type of layout I would like to see in the end.

Still not liking anything above. Hmm...

Below, I finally start making the letters more geometric playing with countespace  of letters more. So I roll with it.

I like where this is headed. 

The above drawing is showing more the "bones" of the letters vs the style. My next step is to see how I can incorporate the styling of the book into this initial sketch. Below are design elements I would like to incorporate as the "clothes" to my "bones" (thanks, Jessica!) 

I think my next step is to see how I can incorporate the dots into the whole lettering layout. 

I'm thinking of designing the entire quote within a circle (becuase the book has a lot of geometric drawings) as a starting point. 

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