I recently completed a children’s book for my granddaughter, using my Zambia trip photos and sketches for inspiration. These are all original ink and watercolor sketches, then I used a finishing spray for protection. Here’s a link to a short YouTube video. Link to video
So many have said they’d like one, I decided to recreate it in a format that can be published. I know, I know, it’s a bold step for me!
But sure enough, I have been slowly made progress on the new, improved version. Here’s a shot of what I have so far… These images will be scanned and I’ll create a pdf in Indesign to submit for publication.
I’m hoping to complete this and will try using Amazon for print on demand publishing, but I’m open to any suggestions for publishing it!
Not sure if you’ve seen enough, but here’s some more art made from my trip photos and sketches. I haven’t even gotten to the elephants yet, (my favorites, you may recall!) I’m saving those, and I may shed a tear or two while sketching as they are so dear to my heart. ❤️
Hyena – I wondered what he was looking at?
The giraffes were very tall!
Zebra – their black and white stripes were quite vivid.
Hello! More than one person has asked me if this trip was “worth” it. Not sure how you could put a price on seeing elephants in their home, and not in a zoo. If the leopard in the nearby tree doesn’t make your heart skip a beat when he stands up to check out your vehicle, then I have to wonder if you are even alive. Or how about seeing exotic birds that aren’t caged? Hippos in the river next to your lodge?
Yes, it was more than I normally pay for a vacation, but hello, it’s AFRICA, and who knows if I’ll ever get back? (Although, I’m definitely hoping for a return visit!)
One thing I can say about this trip is that I came home truly inspired. The experience seems to have opened up some creative faucet, and I hope it doesn’t turn off for a while!
Here are a few of my recent works:
Top left: Yellow- billed stork. Top right: Helmeted guineafowl. (With one of their feathers!) Middle left: Kingfisher (grey-headed?) Middle right: Hippo. Bottom: Little Bee-eater
These are all ink and watercolor on Arches 7×10 cold pressed paper