No need to go to the zoo – here’s a whole passel of Cosmosian critters right on your doorstep!
To enhance the collectability aspect of the Adventure Pack, I decided to create a set of ‘Cosmos Critter Cards’ – featuring creatures that either featured in the story or existed in the same environment detailed in the story. And you know what that means…. more lovely concepts for me to draw!
If there’s one thing the Adventure Pack needed, it was some effective and eye-catching packaging – and this is it! The symbol in the centre of the front panel is the mounting point for a genuine, working compass (an essential piece of kit for any aspiring explorer), which projects through a hole cut in the middle of the symbol; which was probably the most nerve-wracking circle I’ve ever had to cut out in my life, given that it had to be absolutely, totally perfect….
Now that the ‘Rainforest, Ho!’ book is complete, we need something to put it in – and thus we find ourselves some concepts for the Adventure Pack box!
Rather conveniently, I did this piece of artwork on a Mother’s Day card earlier in 2012 – and once the Adventure Pack project came along, I thought ‘Hey! I can use this as the title page in my book!’ So, not being a gift-horse-in-mouth-looker, I did!
Are you ready for an adventure? Professor Pod and co. await your arrival….
Now you’ve seen the concepts, it’s time for the final article – Explorers inc’s greatest adventure! To start us off, here’s the cover….
Crafting concepts for this project was so much fun, it was rather hard to know when to stop! Thankfully I did, though, because I’m sure I’d want to subject you to 953 pages of self-indulgent sketches…..
Designing the core component of the Explorers Inc. Adventure Pack – namely, the ‘Rainforest, Ho!’ storybook – was a whole bunch a’ fun; not only because I got to research and write a story somewhat on the fly, but also because I got to draw up lots n’ lots of nifty page layouts….
The first thing I figured out for my Explorers Inc. project was the logo, since it had to go on pretty much everything – my main criteria were that it had to A) have a retro-vintage, somewhat Victorian look, B) evoke a feeling of voyaging and discovery (hence the compass, and the arrows hidden in the ‘E’), and C) be visually distinctive. By the looks of things, I definitely met the brief on that one….