Filed under: CHILDRENS BOOK WORK — Lily Rose Saunders at 10:23 am on Saturday, April 16, 2016

In the final piece i can see a clear inspiration from ‘I want my hat back’ due to the textures throughout, besides the use of black outline around characters. The front cover is a zoom in of one of my pages, when Leo wears palm leaves on his face, i used the spot healing brush to create a odd green background, looking like odd recycled green paper. the eyes of the lion remind me of the work of Beatrix Potter- i was a big fan of her work when i was a child and the illustrations were very colourful, or sometimes just plain yet still beautiful.

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Beatrix Potter

The eyes look like tear drops which i made like this to link to the fact the lioness¬†is sad throughout- i think it also shows a emptiness inside showing the lioness doesn’t feel like itself.

The text brings the pages to life as the images are explained- the use of colours in the text help the reader understand who is talking, again inspired by ‘I want my hat back.’ Apart from in that book there are no ‘he said’ ‘she said’ pieces, yet i wanted to include this to emphasise use of gender throughout. The purple text is Lucy/Leo as it is considered a mystery colour suggesting the character is finding themselves. Purple is also associated with the Crown chakra included in yoga suggesting happiness and positivity; the lioness to lion is positive on the decisions made and has a mind set of who they want to become. I also used purple as i considered it to be a ‘feminine colour’ as a child, pinks and purple were stereotypically girl colours, but purple not as much, it personally says to be its a ‘tom boy’ type colour, a colour of change. I used blue for Stan as it is stereotypically a boy colour and shows the change in gender and character speech. Blue symbolises trust and devotion, in a way this shows Stan is learning Lucy/Leo’s situation throughout the book and is not a threat.

As part of my project i feel the connection with the reader has been a key part of the book- the children have a starting interest or curiosity about the subject of transgender, in which adults or older readers can help explain further what the child has read. I was indecisive on how to present Lucy/Leo, as i was going to originally say Lucy went on search for a mane, yet i feel this would confuse the reader as the lioness wants to be a male yet has a female name throughout- this would also confuse the audience saying ‘she’ throughout whilst searching for a mane. I therefore decided that Lucy would say before the search that there name was Leo and that ‘i am a male, so don’t call me she’ this emphasises to children that gender is what the person wants to be and that people should respect that with using the right pronoun. The audience age of my book i believe would be 8-11 as transgender is a difficult topic to explain to a younger generation, and further discussion maybe confuse them. This educational book also appeals to adults as the subject is very recent in the news and a matter some parents may want to discuss with children; the¬†illustrations help to visualise the transgender theme as hand drawn images are similar to children’s, very simple and therefore concentrating more on the text and colours.

I will admit the front and back cover are not the best, they are blurry which i tried to improve in photoshop and other editing softwares but no luck- may be due to it being a zoomed in image, however the text appears blurry too; however overall i like the book i have created as a lot of books and stories i have found when researching were mainly to do with male to female transformations, and i wanted to focus on the opposite.

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