I am pleased to finally release my first self-published children’s book Bella and Bunk.
I wanted to include a children’s book in my portfolio, and I figured the best way would be to write my own story and then illustrate it. After some inspiration from my daughter’s plush sloth named “Bunk”, I came up with a simple story to use for the project. It was a lot of work, but a ton of fun as well. It allowed me to exercise the many different muscles needed to do a project like this, including ideation, character design, storytelling, illustration, design, layout, and digital publishing.
Because this is primarily a portfolio piece, I wanted to make it as easy as possible for people to get. So I’m giving it away here for FREE in a number of different formats. So download, share, and enjoy … and consider me for your future project that requires illustration!
Download a FREE copy:
- EPUB (standard digital book format) – EPUB file is zipped
- PDF (general-purpose digital document format)
- JPG – View all pages/spreads in one big image
Here are a few of the digital sketches that were used to create the illustrations.
I also created a book dummy for this project. This allowed me to have something tangible that I could hold and turn the pages on. It really helps to have something physical like this as I was finishing up the book to make sure everything was right.
In addition to the EPUB, PDF, and image, I do have a Kindle version available on the Amazon Kindle store. There isn’t an easy way to make a book available for free on Kindle, so I have it listed at 99¢. Again, because it’s mainly a portfolio piece I don’t want to make people pay for it, but it will be an interesting experiment to see how it does on the Kindle Store. (Link to Bella and Bunk on the Kindle Store.)
Printed Hardcover Book
I got a few books printed as case wrap hardcover books, and I like how they turned out.