3 Little pigs - cover project

First of all, thank you Lisa for the class. The biggest win for me is that you encouraged me to publish my drawings. So, here they are :-)

I putted the most work in sketching (the part I like the most) and a bit less in the brief and the final work.

Let's start with the creative brief reply:


Dear Awesome Sally Sims,

Thank you for your interest in my work. I’ve seen some previous books by Swanky Publishing and I  read them with pleasure. I also appreciate that you give new illustrators the opportunity to show their work to a wide audience. I’m accepting the job and looking forward to work together.

Thank you for the creative brief. It gives a lot of very clear instructions. Though, I have some more questions before getting started.


Questions about the illustrations:

  • For what age group (of the children) is the book? I guess not that young, because after all, two of the mail characters are eaten J.
  • Are the detentions of the book 7’’ high or 7” wide?
  • I can prefer to deliver illustrations as a Photoshop-file or jpeg. I hope that’s ok. Please let me know if you have a preference.
  • Is the ‘The Story Of The Three little pigs’ the final title of the book?
  • Do want more hand-written text on the cover, like the name of your company?
  • Is it ok if my name is on the cover?


Questions about our collaboration:

  • When is the deadline for the final artwork?
  • Can you already give more information about the interior artwork (deadline, fee, number of pages, precise text per page)
  • Who will be the owner of the artwork and copyright of the artwork?

I’m looking forward to hear from you.


Johan van Dijk


To be honest, I made a lot more than two sketches, so I picked too. After reading the story I decided I wanted the wolf to be on the cover. In the given version of the text, two pigs are eaten and not saved, so I decided to draw this sad fate of those 2 pigs. Although, I wanted the cover to be more funny and narrative (instead of sad).






After sketching I decided to color both of the sketches. The 3-colored ‘ vintage’ one is my favorite (although then I might have worked on body proportions a bit more) but the other one is more 'modern' (which was asked for in the letter) so that’s the winner for me.



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