Our story is called Yummy Wars: The Adventures of Buniverse and Coolala.
their pose is inspired by a combination of Pretty Woman and Mr and Mrs Smith!
this is Buniverse (SORRY THE COLOURS HAVE BEEN…ALTERED BY THE UPLOADING):
and this is Coolala:
Let’s take a tour and visit Buniverse haha.
and now let’s go to Coolala..
Our book promotes the culture of sharing, as well as involves 2 created cultures, namely that of the Buniverse and CooLaLa. I’m proud to say I came up with the script for our lovely book! :D We took into account the fact that there might be some words and phrases that 6-8 year olds might not understand, so we did up a Vocabulary page for them.
this is our storyboard:
We first started by brainstorming for names for our 2 planets. I thought that the leader of Coolala (which is coined from Cola + Ooh La La) should be Lady LaLa because it was planet CooLaLa after all. Lady LaLa is based on Lady GaGa. while drawing and colouring her, we drew inspiration from her hair, make-up, and her love for wearing veils and bodysuits.
Buniverse’s leader is Burger King. We were discussing our project in MOS Burger one day, and I was just talking about how we should give the planets leaders, and I accidentally said Burger King. The whole group started laughing and we got really excited about the pun. Anyway, Burger King is based on the traditional old king who has a moustache, a belly and a cloak and sceptre.
The citizen of Coolala is this tofu-like little thing, and is milky yellow in colour. The citizen of Buniverse is more lanky and is blue. The shapes and colours of the citizens are actually determined by the shapes and colours of the planets. This is because of the Gestalt principles we applied, to ensure that the images are aesthetically pleasing.
For example, the Buniverse citizen is blue (cool colour) because the planet is filled with warm colours as it’s a “flame-grilled” burger planet (ha ha! love our book cos it’s full of puns). Also, the Buniversites (as they are known) are tall and thin, as the shape of the burger is round and short. Contrast is very important!!
Here’s a look at our stars!
All of us agreed on the watercolour style for the colouring, and I was especially taken with this album art. I think the watercolours are so beautiful!
However, we were concerned that this particular look might be too mature for our young audience, so we decided to determine our style as spontaneous and free-spirited. Definitely, our choice of bright colours helped to contribute to this particular feel we were going for. The cohesiveness of our drawings and text played a big part too.
We had also contemplated making our book in the Accordion style, like this:
unfortunately the printers we contacted couldn’t guarantee that they would be able to print the book according to our specifications. that said, it would also be quite difficult administratively to delegate work among ourselves due to the MEGA file sizes etc.
This is a sample of some of the fonts we shortlisted for our text:
This one is called Incognita. We didn’t choose this one as it looks too much like handwriting. Since we are already using the hand-drawn style for our book, we needed some contrast or it would be too messy.
We also considered Garamond, but in the end we decided that it was too plain and we wanted a more unique font.
Finally, we decided on Sleeptalk! It is pretty much the perfect font for us as it is not too angular or too round, not too bold or too thin. Also, it’s not too plain and doesn’t look too messy.
I think one important thing to note is that we had the end in mind when we started. What I mean is that we had this image of a burger and a soft drink together in the galaxy. This would allow the children to recognise that sharing is necessary, and can have its benefits too. This is because we often think of fastfood in pairs (ie. a burger and a drink), thus the ending picture can help to reinforce the educational message of sharing we are promoting in our book! By the way, if you noticed, our cover page already “hints” at sharing by combining the burgers and Coola into a stream filled with burgers!