Ricardo Makosi
I wanna be KonKonni (Stout Konijn)

Children's Publishing

Un-commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
KonKonni originated from a children's activity on Dutch festival: Into The Great Wide Open, on the island of Vlieland. KonKonni is a cheeky, cuddly rabbit who poops cute droppings that spread love! KonKonni embodies the values of being yourself and inclusivity. It dares to be loving and gentle to everyone! Creating a world where we all belong and even our meanest bully dares to show its soft side.

How was the illustration used:
The artwork of KonKonni is used for multiple media: In print in our newest picture book as well as digitally developed for future animation use in interactive media. Specific icons are used in interactive storytelling card games, merchandise and signing for KonKonni adventure trails and playgrounds. In addition we use the artwork and painted font in all our KonKonni children's storytelling events.

How did you make this work:
The KonKonni artwork is hand-drawn digitally in Photoshop and contains a custom font. The iconographic illustrations are made with a limited color palette and smart usage of closure and silhouette. The style is flat and layered but not simple, visualising play of light and erratic weather and tides on the Wadden Sea island. As the story evolves the world of KonKonni gradually contains more detail.

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SAE Institute
Interactive Animation
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Ricardo Makosi is an independent illustrator based in the Netherlands. With his graphic design experience he teaches enthusiastically at a Community College in Amsterdam. He has a background in game design and animation and produced several award winning serious games. Together with writer and play designer Douwe-Sjoerd Boschman he created KonKonni, a lovely soft cuddly rabbit in a harsh world.