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DUCKS Interior Title Page by CageyJay DUCKS Interior Title Page by CageyJay
This is the interior title page (final draft) for the picture book "Ducks: A True Story" that I will be submitting for publication soon. It is a book intended for children between the ages of 2 and 4, is less than 50 words long and contains fewer than 25 unique. However, all of the ducks, geese, and animals will look like the above.


Perhaps it will promote awareness of the abstract lineart/tribal style-- it will certainly have an end-page that introduces adult readers to the style, and possibly will point here to the Abstract-Tribals group as a resource.



Two other sample/draft pages will be loaded into my "Scraps" area.

This book will have been made entirely in CorelXARA, the vector program that is the progenitor of the current XARA programs.
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SirCrashIII Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
Nice job!! I love all the detail~ =)
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CageyJay Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! It's a bit of a slog getting it to this level, but worth it. :)
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SirCrashIII Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
Yes it is.~
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RebeccaStapp Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is positively stunning, K! Such a cool idea to incorporate the tribal designs like that. I hope you will tell us when it's published so I can snag a copy for my nieces...heck, maybe one for myself too. :meow:

The layout of this page and the ones in your scraps are great. And - ducks! Got to love the ducks.
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CageyJay Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're too kind, Ms. B. :D

...There's a story behind the way this turned out. You see, this picture book is a true story about three ducks that lived on a pond I know. When I wrote the story, the ducks were still there, so I planned on illustrating it with photographs of them. Unfortunately, I then hit my fourth and fifth years of undergrad, and I wasn't home nearly often enough to get the photos. By the time there was enough time, the ducks no longer lived on that pond. Nobody knows what happened to them. No photographs, so I had to substitute something at which I knew I was reasonably good...ponder, ponder, ponder... abstract lineart! But abstract lineart is too empty for the target audience, so this adaptation to tribal designs.

Thanks for your confidence in its publication-readiness. If (when!) it gets there, I'll let you know. Maybe I'll wind up with enough copies to send you one, if you'd like.
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RebeccaStapp Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
A fabulous improvisation! :)

And that would be delightful, though I would be more than happy to add my support to the awesomeness that is Ms. K. and her book of tribal-y, abstract-y ducks. :meow:
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Scott-da-Hedgehog Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
That looks great. :) I wish you the best of luck on getting it published.
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CageyJay Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, Scott! ^_^ Here's to hoping it catches the right editor's/executive's eye.
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liliy Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh~ I really like the tribal design on the ducks. It's got texture & pattern....and other things.

It looks really cool. We'll leave it at that. >.>

:D
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CageyJay Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Thanks! Hopefully, the people who see it will realize that the tribal designs can/will play to the target age group.
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liliy Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes. Because if all else fails there's the 'ooh. pretty' factor. XD
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PhoenixPanther Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The Tribal work is exceptional, the way the shapes actually come together in make a whole shape, and then gently move into create a new one, Very well done. The shading is flawless, excellent work.
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CageyJay Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, Phoenix. This page has turned out to be one of the best, so it's been a great temptation to get lazy and just copy these interior tribal designs to all the renditions of the ducks, but your comment reminds me of the goal behind the entire set of pages. Taking heart from it!
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Apatheticc Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
ohemgee! That looks AMAZING. I love those vector ducks. WHEN it gets published, I'm /totally/ getting it and reading it!
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CageyJay Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:glomp: C., you don't know how much I needed to read that when I did at first. Thank you.


Sweet! Grand total of people who have promised to seek it out and read it is now at eight. :D This bodes well.
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Apatheticc Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
YOU, cagey, are the MASTER of vector-ducks/vectorness!
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