This morning I had the lovely opportunity to catch up with a friend in South Carolina via Facebook chat. It had been much too long. As we were catching up on home and kids and work, she asked me what we were going to do in school today. I mentioned several items, including photography, and she wanted to know more about it. After sharing it all with her, I decided, “what a great blog post!” And so here I am.
As you may recall, Eva’s forthcoming book The Kinzy Chronicles is a series of short stories about her beloved and bedraggled stuffed koala Kinzy. For this book, Eva decided to use photos of her stuffed animals as illustrations. She’s been building sets to reflect particular scenes, and we’ve studied lighting, depth of field, shutter speed, and forced perspective. It’s been super fun, and I thought I’d share a few of the photographs as a sneak preview.
Here’s the main character, Kinzy, in his cozy abode.
Next up is Kinzy piloting the airplane he built himself. He’s off to Australia.
Without giving too much away, the next photo is Kinzy in Australia at the Koala Needs Store. Here he meets the love of his life, Mary Jane (she’s the fluffier one).
Ah, but the plot thickens. The Christmas Bear has kidnapped poor Mary Jane, and taken her to his secret igloo lair in the North Pole! Luckily, Kinzy is there to save the day. Here he has busted out the window of the igloo and is preparing to rescue his lady love.
In the next shot, Eva experimented with forced perspective. We researched this a bit first, of course. She had a giant stuffed moose that she wanted to be more in scale with Kinzy’s diminutive size. We learned that by placing the moose farther back, the two dimension photo would give Eva the proportion she was looking for. Here is the set from the side.
I’m backing up here to show you where Eva sat with the camera.
And here’s the finished shot.
The book should be out by the end of May. We’ll keep you posted!
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