A while ago a friend of mine proposed an idea to write a children’s book inspired by her new cloud-white kitten, Nimbus. I remember what it was like as a child, reading my own stories, getting carried away by the pictures in books. Excited, I quickly volunteered to make the illustrations.
Somewhere down the line, life got in the way and the project was put on the back burner and never completed. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that i decided to write one of my own. The concept is still in development; the idea keeps evolving.
I’m slowly getting acuainted with adobe flash and am intrigued by the idea of adding an interactive element to my artwork. Because of this, my idea now is not to create a book for children but a spooky, choose-your-own-ending adventure. My goal is to allow readers to discover clues and enrich the plot by clicking on context sensitive areas in the illustrations.
For example, this painting of a ship at sea is the opening scene. After the initial dialog is read, readers will be able to click on the ship for a more detailed description or simply continue on to the next scene.
So Far, the story is like this: A young man named Jericho Orious Dreth Inherits his estranged fathers belongings after his sudden and mysterious death. Included in the inheritance is a journal filled with notes, maps, schematics to strange machines, mathematical formulas and even heretical incantations. After reading the journal, Jericho discovers that his father was a scientist working for a secret organization and that he was on the verge of discovering a terrible truth. To keep him quiet, Jericho’s father was murdered. Now, Jericho takes it upon himself to finish what his father had started, unaware of the horrors that follow in his footsteps.