Title: Our Room
Description: I have written and illustrated a children's book for my Senior Project. The narrative is written from the perspective of a room in the house my great grandfather built. It is based on truth and borrows the idea "if only these walls could talk”. The story begins in 1927 and ends in 2008 when we moved. Our Room follows five generations of one family through their activities and growth. A few historical references create a time frame. Using popular music and games of the period, I tried to invoke a vintage atmosphere. These observations are made by the room, demonstrating that it has its own character and personal tastes. The house was sold in 2008, so we no longer live there. This story is meaningful to our family, and the generations to come. Hopefully you will enjoy it too.
When looking at former students of Ross School and viewing their projects you get an idea of how seriously each student takes their project. It's a chance to taste what its like to be a professional in any area of your choice. It's an opportunity to showcase your talents at performing or any of the arts, or explore any area of study that you are interested and curious about. When I first came to Ross as a junior and was introduced to the senior project, I wanted to incorporate my interest in cars and my artistic ability. I came up with the idea of designing my own super car. It was about two weeks into senior year, after meetings with the senior project team, that we finally came to the conclusion that designing a car was far too ambitious than I expected it to be. So then we started to brainstorm about what I could possibly do that would put my artistic talent to use. The idea of making writing and illustrating a story about my family was appealing. Originally the story was going to be in comic book form, which I realized after experimenting, was not a style well suited for the historic atmosphere of the story. Eventually the book evolved into a graphic novel which then turned into the a children's book.
Last fall my mother sold
the house that my great, great grandfather built. It was sad as it had been in
our family for 5 generations. Missing the house dearly and being effected
heavily by moving out of the house that I've known all my life. With Mark
Frankel's and my mom's help, I decided to make my book about the house. This
way my family and I would have something to remember it by in the future. The
story takes place in the living room, as if the walls could talk about what it
had seen over the years. The room narrates all the different time periods and
introduces family members in each generation to the reader in a historic
context. I also incorporated the music that was popular in each time period. I
wanted my book to be more than a regular story... something that can be used
almost as a educational tool for young kids. The story doesn't go into detail
about the historical events that happened, so as to not loose the audience
which is ranged from 8-10 year olds but to makes mention of events and when
they happened so kids will get an idea of what was going on in each time
period. For example: In 1938, when the hurricane hit, the whole house was under
water. In that picture, I added an atom bomb to illustrate when it was
developed. There are references to WW11 and the political unrest in
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Community Member (Details)
January 2, 2009
Helpful/good ideas on different types of perspective
Showed me his comic book art critiqued my shadowing and shading
Showed me cross shading method
Jan 16, 2009
David Geiser was surprised and loved my work.
Quote “I feel this is professional enough to be looked at by real publishers”