These are my first digitally-created children's book illustrations! I originally started to do these as watercolors, then decided to try it this way instead. Did the sketches on tracing paper, then scanned them into Adobe Photoshop. I still see changes I would make and have found how easy it is to spend hours and hours on my Wacom tablet....!
I recently finished reading the biography of Margaret Wise Brown by Leonard Marcus, Margaret Wise Brown - Awakened by the Moon. I'm a big fan of Brown.... I love her lyrical writing, the repetition and poetry she used...so childlike and whimsical! Before that I read The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll by Jean Nathan a biography about children'swriter/photographer Dare Wright, famous for her "Lonely Doll" series. I remember being entranced by Wright's books as a girl... the photography seemed so "other-worldly" and intimate to me...! Brown's life ended tragically early, on the cusp of new love and undoubtedly a new, true happiness in her life. Based on Nathan's book, Wright's whole life was tragic in so many ways-- too many to go into here. Yet I found myself wanting to know more about both of these women after I read the books... Both of these beautiful, talented women, in addition to being extremely creative, also dealt with deep, painful personal issues. Yet I'm not sure they were even aware of these 'issues', and they certainly didn't let it stop them...! The fruit of their work blessed the world in so many ways! What would I allow to stop me? With God all things are possible -- Matthew 19:26
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