I'm so happy to announce that the children's book I illustrated for Misty Baker is now out! It's an adorable story about a bumblebee named Fuzzy Buzzy who finds a beautiful field of flowers but learns that to help the flowers survive, she must share her new find with all the other bees.
You can purchase your own copy of the book (paperback or for Kindle) HERE
I painted the spreads in watercolors, with pen and ink for the lines work. I really like using sepia ink for my inking, because it's much less harsh than black ink, and gives a warmer, more approachable look to the painting. In fact, I very rarely use pure black ink in my work. If I want a cooler look than sepia, I'll mix a 1:1 or 1:3 solution of blue and black inks. It gives it a cooler, darker tone, but is not nearly as stark as pure black. I'll write another post soon about what supplies I use and how I mix my colors!
You too can help save the bumblebees! One easy way to do this is by planting a bee-friendly garden. Not sure what kinds of flowers bees like this? Try to stick to native plants and even find new bee-friendly flowers here: http://beekind.bumblebeeconservation.org/finder
And now for some behind the scenes looks! Have you ever wondered how your favorite children's books come to life? I'll walk you through the process with one page, where we go from sketch to finished painting.