About this project
It is our goal to to create the perfect bedtime classic that will ignite the imagination of both children and parents.
We’re designers, so we’re passionate about great design and storytelling and we’d like your backing to help us bring our first story to life as both a digital and printed Children’s picturebook.
The book follows Chalky on one of his many daily adventures. If a car was parked in the neighbourhood where Chalky lives, before long he would be over to investigate it. The bonnets would often be warm from the engine heat and neighbours or strangers would often return to their car to find him sitting or fast asleep on it.
One thing that Chalky particularly enjoyed was looking up the tail pipe of cars and being a white cat he would often return home with a black ring of soot on his face and so the story was born.
The book is being illustrated by Jordan Henderson. We first came across Jordan’s work in his debut book Upon a Star, a children’s book about a boy on a surreal journey to wish upon a star.
We instantly fell in love with Jordan’s unique style and lovingly handcrafted visuals. We knew then, that we had to work together on this book to create a heartwarming and visually stunning children's classic.
1st stage prototype of Chalky and the New Sports Car
As designers we understand that typography is an important part of the experience and something we’ve felt is often overlooked in many children’s picturebooks. We want to create an organic experience, by combining a great story with beautiful illustrations and bespoke hand crafted typography to create an unrivalled children's story book that both kids and adults will enjoy. Part of the funding will be used to commission the creation of the typography by Kyle Steed. We’re huge fans of Kyle’s work and he was the perfect fit to compliment Jordan's illustrations.
‘Journey of an Illustration’ Masterclass with Jordan Henderson Tuesday 25th February 2014, Belfast
Pledge £249 for a one day masterclass you'll learn many of Jordan's secrets and techniques from sketching on paper to working in Photoshop and at the end you will be equipped with all the skills you need to create your own illustrated picture book.
The workshop will cover the following techniques:
Sketching - Learn the art of sketching on paper, a place where great ideas can be conceptualised without the constraints of the computer.
Illustrating in Photoshop - Learn traditional painting techniques within digital illustration in Photoshop including setting up your canvas, the best tools to use for drawing and an introduction to digital colouring.
Thumbnails/Storyboarding - A rapid way to prototype on screen to produce a series of low fidelity visuals.
Make an illustration together - Finally you’ll take forward one of the concepts and develop this into a refined illustration under the guidance of Jordan.
The book will be produced on beautiful 170GSM white offset paper and printed in four colour process throughout. Pages will be sewn together and finished in two options - a 350GSM paperback and a 2.25mm hardback both with soft touch lamination and UV varnish on the front cover.
The Little Thunder Co. Team
We’re a digital design studio from Belfast, Northern Ireland. We’re the art directors, editors, and publishers of the book.
The story was written by Tim's father Stanley Potter, a retired financial advisor, who in his retirement has turned his hand to writing children’s stories. He emailed us over the story one day and I was so impressed by it we felt it should see the light of day.
We’re parents who read stories to our kids every night before bedtime and we’d thought about creating a book ourselves, so when we got the story from Stanley, we thought this is it!
We see the target audience as kids under 5 and parents who enjoy a great story and beautifully crafted visuals.
What we’ll use the money for
Every penny will be poured back into the production of the book to make it as amazing as we possibly can. The funding will go towards getting the book printed to the highest quality in both paperback and hardback, We’ll also use it to finish off the illustrations and to create the typography.
We’re firm believers in creating a timeless, beautifully crafted picture book that can be equally enjoyed by both parents and children alike and we need your support to help us bring Chalky and the new sports car to life.
Risks and challenges
Amongst the team, we have plenty of experience in the realms of digital and print to be able to deliver a product on time and within our stated timeframe. However, this is our first endeavour into the world of book publishing and therefore we appreciate that certain challenges, risks and unforeseen circumstances may arise, as they always do. That being said, this is not just a project, this is a passion project that we take great pride in and we are fully committed on delivering on every aspect outlined in our pitch.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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