It's going to be in the bookshops in September. This is a dream come true.
The cover will look like this:
The story is close to my heart and touched me, as I experienced the destruction quicksilver brings to the beautiful nature and health of the kind Surinamese people. Indigenous people live close to nature in the forest and the riverwaters are their source of life. Poisoned water means poisoned fish and people, destroyed nature means destroying their lives. Little people know of this and little care or take action. It is a complex problem, so I am grateful that that this topic get's some attention with our book in such a positive and beautiful way.
To give you an impression of the situation, I love to share some photographs I took last year in and around Apetina, a small village deep in the jungle of Suriname.
We have a Dream
I'm so grateful to be part of this great project, getting a glimpse of the world of book publishing and it is an honor to work with renowned author Cynthia Mc Leod from Suriname. I had the pleasure to get to know Cynthia in Paramaribo, while I worked at the 'No Kwik' campaign against the use of quicksilver.
Oh my god, OF COURSE I like to do that. In the last weeks I made 6 full page illustrations and a cover. I can't wait to hold the book in my hands.
Behind the scenes
- Once I had read the manuscript and come up with the ideas of the illustrations, I first sketched a line-drawing on paper.
- Then I scanned it, vectorized it and coloured it on the computer. I did that for every element of the illustration.
- I painted patterns, elements (like plants) and all backgrounds
- I combined all elements in a file with many many layers.
And meanwhile on instagram...
That's it for today
Big hug and xox,