The Sponk and the Snails picture book is an illustrated story counting roughly 140 pages. 

The tale follows the long snouted dog Sponk whom embarks on a journey encountering a series of peculiar characters. 

The story functions as a Bildungsroman, a novel of formation that follows a pattern similar to the Hero's journey.

The illustrations are the result of photographs of clay sculptures placed in environments created using objects and elements found on beaches and woods.

 

The extended length of the book is the product of a desire to create 'something more' than a standard 30 page picture book. I started the project with the intent of creating what could almost be considered a "picture novel" -or a "printed stop motion movie"- where the viewer could be entirely immersed in the world created.

Concept trailer

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