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Alphabet Book Illustration and Publishing

Project Published 5/12/18 Last updated on 4/19/19

Weekly Project

Alphabet Book

20 points /week x 13 weeks = 260 points total


“An alphabet book is a book primarily designed for young children. It presents letters of the alphabet with corresponding words and/or images. Some alphabet books feature capitals and lower case letter forms, keywords beginning with specific letters, or illustrations of keywords.”


Each week you will illustrate 2 letters of the alphabet. This will be either a character based theme or an educational theme. Example: if you are exploring characters, the characters can be anything you want as long as it’s some sortof creature. It can be realistic like C is for Cat, and you illustrate an adorable cat. It can also be more abstract like X is for Xeliomope, and you illustrate what a Xeliomope is. If it’s educational, for example, pick a theme and stick with it. If you’re exploring floral/botany illustration, A is for Aster, B is for Begonia, etc. I am recommending you choose a theme for the overall project before you start as the end goal of these will be to have a unified series that you will use in your final project for the term.

At the end of this project, you will be using all of these illustrations in your final project. Plan accordingly and do not get behind!


  • You are to design a character for each letter (I am recommending a THEME of some sort)
  • The character is to be designed using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator
  • Size:: 8.5x8.5 or 8.5”x11” with a 1/2” safety edge (margin) which we will publish through or (choose your template *first!* and then begin your illustrations...choose the size that best represents your final concept)
  • Schedule::

    Week 1: A, B

    Week 2: C, D

    Week 3: E, F

    Week 4: G, H

    Week 5: I, J

    Week 6: K, L

    Week 7: M, N

    Week 8: O, P

    Week 9: Q, R

    Week 10: S, T

    Week 11: U, V

    Week 12: W, X

    Week 13: Y, Z

    Submitted on time: 10 points // Concept and creation: 10 points

    Part TWO: Publishing

    Project // Alphabet Book

    100 points

    Overview //

    This semester you have been creating alphabet illustrations on a weekly basis. Your final project is to produce your illustrations in book format and professionally publish them as a book via

    Your Job //

    Assemble your weekly illustrations into a book and create the cover.

    Step one: Attend book making lecture

    Step two: Research and sketch!

    Step three: You may use Illustrator or InDesign to assemble book (32 pages in ID or 32 artboards in Illustrator)

    Step four: Place illustrations into layout and PDF when finished

    Step five: Create Cover (front and back) and PDF when finished

    Step six: For upload to blackboard: place cover and page PDFs into folder and zip (make sure your name is on it)

    Step seven: Upload to and order 1 copy. Plan accordingly as can take a week at minimum to arrive


    Minimum requirements If you chose the 8.5” x 8.5” book:

    Page Size is 8.5x8.5”

    Number of pages: 32

    Cover Size: 17.33 x 8.75in

    Spine Width: 0.080in

    Spine Begins: 8.625in

    *note these dimensions are for a 32 page 8.5x8.5 book. if your book is larger, complete template format options in create-->page info on (will be covered during book lecture). A 32 page book (which is minimum size) costs $7.57 +shipping. Plan accordingly


    Book Lecture: 10 points // Layout: 30 points // PDF: 10 points // .zip Folder: 10 points // Cover: 20 points // Aesthetics & Critical Thinking: 20 points

    • Photoshop

      Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

    • Illustrator

      Create beautiful vector art and illustrations.

    • InDesign

      Craft elegant layouts at your desk or on the go.

    Age Levels
    1+ Month
    Content Standards
    Graphic Design & Illustration with Adobe Illustrator
    Communication and Collaboration, Digital Citizenship, Creativity and Innovation, Technology Operations and Concepts, Critical Thinking Problem Solving and Decision Making
    CC License
    Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
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