Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Professor Yvonne Buchanan
Professor James Ransome
Visual and Performing Arts
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
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.
Kim, Hansol, "Bernard: An Illustrated Children’s Book" (2013). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 5.
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