The Misadventures of Rusty is an animated project that focuses on a dog who embarks on adventures around the world. It is an interactive animation project for mobile and tablet to learn about the world and exploring the adventures with Rusty.
A client has requested me to illustrate his children's book. He is a student assistant for autistic children and a strong advocate for autism. His experience became the determination to write a story about autism awareness. He explained that he wanted the main character to be a small cactus. One day, he received a baby cactus, and suddenly, he grew an attachment to the plant. Unfortunately, he neglected the cactus and soon, the plant withered. A cactus can easily be neglected because we may think it does not need water, but it does need a source. Just like austistic people don’t appear to need affection all the time, but they do need attention.
My research started with learning about autism and the autistic community. I had to observe their behavior and understand their lifestyle. Then, I had gathered my research and brainstorm for an idea. During this phase, I knew that my client wanted a physical book. However, I thought we could take the book to the next level: tablet version.