Coming March 14 to a bookstore near you,
AN AFRICAN ALPHABET, written by Eric Walters, published by Orca Books and illustrated by me!
Here is the final cover art and a photo of the rough dummy. I sketched the dummy at half size and enlarged the images to be carved size as or larger. My next post will show the pile of carved linoleum that represents all 26 animals.
I was commissioned by Andrew Perro Design to create a mockup for a Canada Post stamp. To illustrate this portrait of Mathieu Da Costa, the first black man to visit Canada in the early 1600s, I researched his life as a free African employed as a translator by French traders and explorers. Da Costa spoke French, Dutch, Portuguese and possibly some North American aboriginal languages. My interpretation of Mathieu is a hand-carved linocut with digital colour.
I am an illustrator with many years of experience in publishing, editorial, advertising and corporate. My illustration technique is linocut, printed and scanned with color applied in Photoshop. I love mixing old school and digital technologies and now am learning to paint in oils and with a wacom tablet. I'll post my learning curve here. Variety, the spice of life!