For this illustration set in Iran, I was inspired by the patterned flat perspective of Persian Miniatures. I combed through my fabric stash for small scale geometric patterns and brighter than usual wool felt pieces. It was an opportunity to over-decorate to my heart’s content!
The scene will be included in My Bed, which will be a book about where children sleep around the world, with each spread depicting a different culture and living environment. The story is written by Rebecca Bond and will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2020. Here are links to posts showing other finished illustrations for the book: South America, Japan, India, Afghanistan, North America, Scandinavia, Ghana and Russia. To see a list of all my books, click here.
This is a window frame with wire edging and shutters.
I searched through my collection of beads, charms and doodads to find the right architectural details. Some of these treasures have been waiting for decades to be used!
I’ve had this piece of upholstery fabric forever and was happy to embellish it with chain stitching,
beads and a button.
I have more than a lifetime supply of Hook and Eye hardware.
Adding yet another border to tie it all together…
and more beads on top for good measure.
Here’s a roof section, with a bit of black wire edging to make it stand out.
Lattices, zigzags, diamonds and diagonal lines are the predominate motifs throughout.
I had such fun playing with color and patterns for this part of the scene. Please stay tuned for more posts about this illustration.
I am happy to announce that the Cahoon Museum in Cotuit, Massachusetts will host the premiere exhibit of original illustrations for the book. The exhibit will be coordinated with the book’s publication in the fall of 2020. Like with Pocketful of Posies, I am scheduling a touring exhibit, so that more people can see the “real thing”, which is a totally different experience than seeing reproductions on the printed page. Interested museums and art centers are welcome to contact me for information about hosting an exhibit. It would be wonderful to have the original illustrations make their way across the whole country!
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