Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2013

Capstone Advisor

Professor Yvonne Buchanan

Honors Reader

Professor James Ransome

Capstone Major


Capstone College

Visual and Performing Arts

Audio/Visual Component


Audio/Visual Location

Honors Library

Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories

Social Sciences

Subject Categories

Art and Design | Book and Paper | Illustration


My Capstone Project is an illustrated children’s book titled, Bernard, that I authored and illustrated. It is a 32-page full color illustrated book following the adventures of a bear named Bernard, as he explores what it is like to spend a day in a human town. The idea behind the story was imagined during a serendipitous moment and expanded into a full narrative.

During the creation of the Bernard, I learned the importance of elements such as the rhythm and structure of the children’s book. Wielding a pencil and paper, I explored how little or how much was necessary to convey a concept. I learned the importance of finding purpose to drive a narrative, and explored the relationship between text and image.

My intention behind this project was to gain a more thorough understanding of the anatomy of the children’s book. By going through the process of creating a children’s book - from start to finish - I encountered new obstacles and made essential discoveries that I ultimately found valuable to my growth as a children’s book illustrator.

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