How it all began with the Little Red Bucket
Thought I would like to share some more of the back story behind Imagistory and our very first book "The Little Red Bucket" by Paloma Ozier.
After first having the idea to make a wordless picture book in December 2010, Paloma was the first person I found who was interested in illustrating and publishing a wordless picture book with me. We met at a friends birthday party and as soon as she said "I always wanted to make a childrens picture book growing up" my ears lit up and from that moment on Imagistory became more than just an idea. We weren't quite sure hoe, but together we decided to make and publish a wordless picture book.
During 2011 while finishing my last year studying at AUT I entered the idea for a wordless picture book app into the Venture Fund Competition and during this time Paloma conceived of what's now our first story The Little Red Bucket. After winning the Venture Fund at the end of 2011 we were all set to go and Paloma completed the first sketches for her story which you can see here:
That summer we were ready to test out the book and discover if kids really were able to make up a story only using the pictures and their imaginations. Before sending out our book we first decided to add some colour to the pages (which at the time I thought looked really good haha!)
After colouring several of the pages we sent out the book to several friends and family members to trial. Here is the first video of our book being tested. You may recognise our young tester who also stars in our main Kickstarter video.
Seeing this video was a huge boost and was a fantastic insight into the potential that wordless picture books had to offer. We then set off to illustrate the book properly. Our original plan was to illustrate the girl and fish using watercolour and to do the background digitally.
However it became apparent that just doing the background digitally would be quite a bit harder in terms of getting the two art styles to work together. So it worked out to be better to colour most of the book digitally (though we did keep the water colour for the turtles, whale, fish and jelly fish). To do the digital colouring we employed the help of Elaine Ngeow who did an amazing job, you can see a few pages with the final outcome below:
So that's a very brief version of the story behind the beginning of Imagistory and how our first book "The Little Red Bucket" came to life. The book book was finished about midway through last year and it was around this time that the first version of our app began to take shape. How the app has developed is a whole entire story again so will save that for the next update soon.
Also just want to quickly thank everyone for all your support! Although it's looking like quite a long shot to reach our goal within the next 10 days it's certainly still possible! I still have a few ideas up my sleeve for raising more awareness for the campaign, but any help with finding more backers would certainly go a long way too.
Hope you all have a great weekend!