On to the Illustrations!

Well, I am the perfect example of needing to work under pressure, I guess.  Somehow, I lost the month of February. I didn’t get much done, except finalizing the edits, and cover ideas. As for the illustrations, nada.

I wasn’t sure how to proceed.  I finally decided to use illustration board which I found at Hobby Lobby and an assortment of Cansen pastel paper, so purchased a supply. I had some photos of children that I would use for reference. In fact little Mariah, was a perfect young Fairy Bright!

But to get the muse flowing, was hard indeed.

I ended up using a piece of board, with a mixture of pastel, colored pencil and marker for my first painting. Fairy Bright and her friends emerged on the board. Not bad.

I called my daughter and her best friend to pose for me for a portrait of an older Fairy Bright. This was on pastel paper with straight pastel. When I started drawing, it was like I was directed to draw things a certain way, and not as any particular person. It was remarkable. I am so used to doing a total likeness, and this was a unique person.

That night I walked up into my studio, and saw the unfinished portrait on the easel. I got chills and the hair stood up on the back of my neck. It was if she was telling me, I had captured her likeness! Well the finished portrait is not like anyone I know.  Wouldn’t it be something if she actually looked like my painting?!

I accomplished two more illustrations as I sequestered myself in the house for two weeks. I even cancelled a needed massage!

The result, four unique paintings that helps capture the elements of the story. I’m pretty proud. They will be added as a color insert in the book. I can’t wait!

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