This is a cover I illustrated for a new middle grade novel by Bish Denham. The Bowl and the Stone is a spooky tale set in the Virgin Islands in the early 60s. I was especially intrigued by a description of one of the main characters, so I knew I wanted to include his silhouette on the cover. I added the foliage to the foreground because even with the story’s haunting feel, I still wanted to give a hint of the island flavor that is so prevalent in Bish’s stories.
Look for The Bowl and the Stone if you know any kids in the 8-12 age group that love a good mystery. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon and will be available soon in both print and ebook format.
I’ve illustrated covers for two other books by Bish Denham: Anansi and Company: Retold Jamaican Tales and A Lizard’s Tail.
Summertime is in full swing. The days are nice and long, which reminds me that the zoo will have extended hours for the next couple of months. It’s always a treat to see the animals that only begin to stir when the sun starts to set. I especially like the chance to watch big cats doing something other than flicking an ear at a bothersome gnat. You’re not likely to catch any wild kitties doing pirouettes, but they might inspire a quick character sketch or two – like this one I did of a lion cub, taking a twirl in her new grass tutu. I decided to try on a few facial expressions, too. Ballet training brings out a range of emotion, no doubt!
Something new in my online shop: my Zen Elephant collection. Here’s a wise and whimsical elephant, playfully reminding you to keep a little balance in your life. Click the image below to find plenty of fun Zen-inspired products in my SomePlum shop:
While going through images to upload to my portfolio, I came across this fun character I created a while ago. Meet Mousse, a prickly little fellow with a decidedly un-prickly disposition. He might have a bit of a sweet tooth. Filled with joyous exuberance, Mousse greets most things with great enthusiasm. Unless you try to take his treats away.
I haven’t yet decided what I’ll be doing with him. I originally created the character for a sticker design competition, but I can imagine he might appear on a series of t-shirt or card designs. Or maybe there’s a story here. If I come up with a brilliant idea for him, I’ll take a lesson from Mousse and be careful not to spill the (jelly) beans.