There are moose on the horizon and lots of them! :)
With the publication of 'Too Many Moose' around the corner I thought I'd put a little making of together for this book. So here's how this book written by the fab Lisa M. Bakos came together.
From the outset the book needed to start calmly and then descend into a lot of moosey chaos. I wanted to keep the illustration style bright, colourful and quite minimal in areas as the whole focus was on Martha and her ten moose. So the use of white space in the book was important and how I could keep the pages interesting but not overload them at the same time.
The first step was to come up with the moose character himself :
This is the first moose that Martha orders and so I wanted to keep him fairly plain and as normal looking as possible. As she orders more the various other moose have their own characteristics to separate them from each other. This moose design was successfully signed off so then I moved onto developing the cover for what was then the original title 'Mail Order Moose'
When it came to the spreads themselves I wanted them to look interesting and slightly different to how I've done previous books. I'm always playing around with styles and tweaking how pages are designed so I experimented a bit as you can see with one of the final spreads below when Martha orders a second moose (much to the dislike of the first one)
It was a great project to work on and I'm very pleased with the final outcome so I hope everyone has as much fun with this book as I did making it. Many thanks to the fab Sourcebooks team for all their hard work and for making it their feature book in the recent catalogue :
Don't forget to visit the 'Moose Mart' to choose your own moose, name it and then share it with your friends…because everyone needs at least one more moose! :)