Now that Gwenna is 2 years old…
it is her turn for an “Ama Book”. I had made one for Liliana at that age … and I gotta play fair! Hmmm, what can I try this time?
Bookmaking. A one-of-a-kind family treasure.
I decided to combine both vector and raster file types for an imaginary, playful setting.
Cruising online through stock art files, I purchased a multi-layered Illustrator document to use as a backdrop. This file had many objects to play with and I extracted its objects (chair, bed, table, lamp, etc.) onto separate layers so I could move them around as I pleased.
Zoe and I both took photos of Gwenna’s favorite stuffed animals and exchanged them by email. As I silhouetted each character, it was fun to place the figures into this imaginary bedroom, suspended in the air as our cramped little Gwenna wails, “Roll OVER!” Then the objects and critters tumble all helter-skelter! Luckily, big sister Liliana is there to cushion their fall!
The cadence of reading this book aloud with it’s repetitive, count-down call-out is a child’s delight!
Taking the photos of the two humans was more difficult than any other part of this project.
The original idea was that Liliana and Gwen would be wearing matching pajamas … the cute ones that have penguins on the leggings and top. However, it seemed nearly impossible to have both sets fresh and clean at the same time …
Ready, Camera, Action!?
Not exactly … Coaxing both girls to pose and respond to my simple direction was hilarious and unsuccessful. “Sit still, please. Cozy up together … that’s good! Look at the camera, please?”
Tripod in place, camera settings adjusted, lighting not so good. Where’s Gwenna? Second try, hold still G! Where’s Lil? Oops, need a diaper change. Oops, the light has shifted. Oh man, someone is tired … its nap time.
Well, for better or worse, I got the needed shots of both girls sitting upright in the bed. Liliana handled the photo shoot like a pro, posing in a variety of positions as though she was catching the tumbling critters midair! I improvised the rest with photos in my library. Their images didn’t turn out as bright and clear as I had hoped …
The most important thing is that Gwenna and Lili loved the book – and that makes me happy!
This book was designed in InDesign. Hard copies come from an online, print-on-demand publisher who I have used for a variety of projects. It is soft cover, printed on a bright white quality paper. Here are a few spreads from the project…