• by TruusF

    by Poppy

    by Lindsay

    by Grace

Storybook Illustrator Challenge


Premier Senior Member
Challenge Host - September
Welcome to The Storybook Illustrator Challenge

This month I have a different kind of challenge for you. I am going to provide a story for you to illustrate. You may take any part of the story to create a scene just as you would find in an actual storybook. I even have the template including the book, the story, and a blank page for you to use.

You can find the storybook template (PNG) in the members’ only section.

I found it easiest to enlarge the storybook, create the illustration on the book’s blank page to get an approximate size. Once you have the illustration you want, merge the illustration layers, NOT THE BOOK!. Go to the image icon at the top of the workspace and scroll to perspective. Highlight the illustration layer and drag the bounding box so that the illustration closely conforms to the book page. Adjust the size of the illustration and remove any parts of the illustration that overlaps the book.

Merge all the layers, including the book, and place it on your regular 12x12. Create a background for the book and you are done.

Enter your page in the Monthly Challenge Gallery under the subheading Miscellaneous Challenges then remember to link back to this thread.

Here is the story.

Once upon a time in a far away land of Stonestia, lived a beautiful princess with golden red hair, her name was Katonia. She lived in a glorious castle that touched the sky even on the cloudiest of days. There was always sun on her castle, and birds at her windows. She could see as far as the eyes would let her, out across the meadows, over the forests, all the way to the open sea.

On some days, she could even see the ships at the port of Stonestia with their billowy white sails, and dark wet wave soaked wooden sides. These ships delivered trade goods, supplies and even sparkling jewels all the way from another far off land called Aciremia.

The princess had one wish, to visit Aciremia with her beloved prince, but the curse of the land had barred her and her prince from such wonderful adventures and travel since before she was born. Ships may come in, but no one was ever permitted to leave by order of the evil and terrible Queen Anaibia. The evil queen was wickedly jealous of the princess and her happiness and so took out her anger on all of the people of Stonestia, to forever remain prisoners of their own land.

But what the evil queen had failed to consider when she cast her evil curse, was the one Golden Key that would unlock not only the doorways to other worlds, but would also break the spell on Stonestia forever. (There is always a way to remove a curse if you only know the magic and where to find it.) And so the princess, determined as she was to travel to other lands and lift the ugly curse upon her kingdom, set forth in search of the Golden Key, and her peoples’ freedom.
-Author unknown

Book is a merger of 2 Pixabay images

Lynne Anzelc Designs: Mystical; Simple Pleasures; A Noble Deed


Supreme Senior Member
Challenge Host - September
Karen, thank you for the storybook template and the fun challenge!


Supreme Senior Member
Wow this is amazing I look forward to your challenge soon Thank you for the template Karen.xxx


Esteemed Senior Member
Comme c'est intéressant cette idée, on va vraiment beaucoup s'amuser, merci merci 👍👍👍👍


Senior Moment Specialist and Administrator
Staff member
Challenge Host - September
What a FABULOUS idea for a challenge! Thank you for hosting Karen. ❤


Premier Senior Member
Challenge Host - September
Wow These are spectacular! I am so impressed by the illustrated interpretations of the story.