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The Selfish Giant

 

 

THE SELFISH GIANT

Book Design and Illustration
Instructor - Paul Kepple
Photography - Austen Hart

 

The Selfish Giant is a children’s story written by Oscar Wilde. In the story, A selfish giant goes on a trip to visit his friend. While the giant is away, the local children fill his garden with their games and laughter, spilling over the green grass and colorful flowers, perching in the peach trees, and singing with the birds. When the giant returns, he throws them out, declaring that the garden is his and only his to enjoy. Quickly, the garden withers and winter takes hold, only to be broken by the return of a solitary child longing to play in what used to be paradise. The child’s sadness melts the giant’s heart, and he realizes what a selfish giant he has been. He opens up his garden but must wait a lifetime to once again see the fragile boy who reminded him about generosity and love. I illustrated the story, set the type and designed the layout. I wanted the story to have a fun and dream-like feeling which I aimed for with a limited color palette of blue, green, pink, brown, black and cream. I kept a consistent illustration style throughout that includes textured brush strokes and playful lines.

 

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