I have published three e-books through Paparoona more are on the way:
An original story written and illustrated by me. It’s called The Sad Ballerina:
What’s it About:As the title says it is about a sad, but very talented, ballerina. No one knows why she is so sad and why she never smiles. One day when a young boy who knows nothing about ballet makes fun of her tutu. The ballerina takes it upon herself to educate him, the boy loves ballerina’s dancing but when she offers to show his younger brothers too about ballet, the boy tells her they are in hiding, because a monster is after them. The ballerina does not believe in monsters, but this is one monster that really exists.
Art Direction: I took much into consideration that this is a book, and the child should be more interested in the story than the animations. Special care is taken that neither the illustrations nor the animations will be distracting the children from reading. Having said that this is going to be a picture book; every page is going to be illustrated and animated. There will be beautiful frames where the ballerina is dancing.
What’s Special about this children’s story: I wrote this story with couple things is mind. One is for children how helping others can bring happiness. The other deals with “the monster”. While the monster in the story is really a hairy monster, outside the story he symbolizes the people who are responsible for child labor. In countries like my own this is still not illegal. You will find in every corner a child, either selling flowers, or candy so his father doesn’t have to work.
Link on kindle : http://bit.ly/sadbal
Soon available on Amazon for Kindle
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A classic I chose to illustrate and animate was The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells:
What’s it About: The Invisible Man talks about Griffin, a scientist whose research into optics enables him to change a body and turn it invisible. Using himself as a subject, he carries this procedure successfully. The reversal of this procedure, however, is a failure thus he finds himself doomed to remain unseen. His predicament makes him mentally unstable and decides to begin a “Reign of Terror.”
Art Direction: With the Invisible Man, I tried a whole new approach. For a novel, I didn’t want the visual part to overtake the story. I chose a limited color pallet and much less complicated illustrations than the raven. But still the book would come to life. So I picked key moments and spiced them up. Like the dramatic entrance of the Invisible Man, or a dog jumping from the page to attack, or when Griffin takes off his disguise.
I am quite happy with the cover because it really represents what’s in the book. The illustrations come from the text and fade out, seems quite fitting for a book with an invisible man.
What’s Special about this edition: Don’t we all make mental notes to read this or that classic, but never get around to them. Sometimes we feel they might be a little bit boring since the’ve been written so long ago, yet we don’t want to be missing anything. Well, the illustrations and animations make this classic tale fun to read.
Link on ibookstore: http://bit.ly/INVMANPAP
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I chose to illustrate and animate was The Raven by (my beloved) Edgar Allan Poe:
What’s it About: The Raven, is about a man who has recently lost his young wife and is mourning her. One December night, a raven flies in his house and sits on the bust of Pallas above his chamber door. The narrator quickly discovers the bird can speak, but can only say one word,”nevermore.” At first this is something comic to the narrator and he is delighted by the bird. But his loss and mourning start giving the word new meanings. Soon the he starts seeing the bird as a demonic creature who came to torment him.
Art Direction :Illustrating this one was a great challenge for me and Joelle (the co-illustrator in this book) . I wanted a new approach, a visual, sensual reading experience. I also wanted to give the poem new dimensions, so when we were brainstorming for ideas about the cover we wanted Lenore in there. She is the phantom of the story, her memory is what’s haunting the narrator of the poem through the raven. “Nevermore” wouldn’t mean anything if it wasn’t for the loss of Lenore. So on the cover, you will find her sitting in the heart of the Raven. Her face is clear and her upper body is clear, but there is something wrong. She is quite not there. Her lower body and dress become one with the Raven which is shedding black electrifying creepy things. We placed a lot of symbolic meaning on these creepers; you will find them through the entire book, slowly engulfing the chamber room, and eventually take over the narrator himself.
What’s Special about this edition: The illustrations, the subtle animations, the sound effects, the narration.
Link on ibookstore: http://bit.ly/ibks-rv
Link on Amazon (just illustrated) : http://bit.ly/rav-cyn