Friday, August 8, 2008

SAIL IF*

Who wouldn't want to sail away?

I love it when daydreaming gets the best me, and I get lost in the artwork.
This was a part of a wordless picture book contest from a few years ago when I was studying book illustration. The little girl gets carried away by Queen Alexandra birdwing butterfly, narrowly misses an unfortunate encounter with a kio fish, and lands on a little island that seems familiar.

What you don’t see are the illustrations of a lovely tea party with Silkworm and Mr. Japanese beetle. The two have a gift for her. It’s a special purple silk shawl. They all dance about until it’s time for her hosts to sail away. The evening is coming and so is her way home. I huge Luna moth swoops down from the night sky and carries her away on its soft down- like back. She later awakes to find herself right back on the sofa where she started.

But where did the shawl really come from?

14 comments:

Melissæ said...

I think this is brilliant. I think it completely nails the concept of "sailing" especially away on your daydreams.

Great colors and work.

Jessie said...

What delightful work you do! I'm so glad I found you, thanks to Illustration Friday! Thanks so much for sharing this.

Juan said...

Great work! I love your style!

RyanLoghry said...

Great illustration. Amazing detail and color.

Katie said...

Very beautiful work indeed. So imaginative. It kinda sails you away to look at it.

Nathalie St-Pierre Roths said...

I love the color palette you are using. Definitely well-suited for children's book. The images are busy, yet wonderful...

NANCY LEFKO said...

this is so totally beautiful...I love the story it tells and your colors and talent are amazing....

Jen A said...

Beautiful

Roberta said...

Incredible details. Your work is jsut dreamy!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

OOOOOOH I'm drooling all over the place right now.
This is really wonderful. Detail, detail, detail. Very well done!

Bella Sinclair said...

Wow! This is fantastic on so many levels! How creative and marvelous of you to tell a story without using panels. All the parts flow so well into each other, just like a dream. I certainly hope you won, because this deserves a prize.

INDIGENE said...

I agree with what everyone has stated. This is so beautiful, colorful, magical, interesting and I'm blown away by it!

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Diane Duda said...

Your blog is a magical place!

Emily said...

Ooh take me with you! superb illo!