Hey, fellow watchers and watcherettes!
It's been a while and though I'm still overwhelmingly busy, I've been given permission by the client to post this illustration I did a while back.
If you've followed my work long enough you may know that, whilst it isn't the subject of my artwork as much as I'd like, I love doing metaphorical/symbolic imagery. I've always been amazed at the power that illustrations have to tell a story in just one picture and when you add symbols to it, the result is all the more poignant.
's recently published children's book A Reason to Smile
dabbles in just that wonderful mix of Fantasy and reality that I love, so it was with great joy that I accepted to contribute to its pages with one of my illustrations.
In the author's own words, A Reason to Smile
will "welcome you to New York City, where everyone is trying to get from one place to the next in a hurry! All of the time! One little girl is not so worried about much at all, and her name is Luiza Brillante! The city can be a daunting place, but she is a walking silver lining, so everything she gets into finds a way of turning around somehow. Come take a walk with her and see how much she loves her city, for the good and for the bad."
In my illustration, I tried to get accross Luiza
's power to make the mundane turn into something magical, thus affecting the lives of the people around her. I used the paper butterflies (turning into real butterflies) as the means for the folks waiting for the bus to take a breath from their gray, routine lives and find something wonderful that would infuse them with color again. I'm very happy with the palette and how it emphasised the message as well as how much Luiza both pops-out, but is also integrated within the whole.
For more information on the book, go to its Kickstarter page at: www.kickstarter.com/projects/9…
Or just swing by
's profile page and drop him a Note to order your copy! You won't be dissapointed!
Hope you all have a great week and see you soon with more art (hopefully!)