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Illustrating a Children’s Book

September 18th, 2013 by Clarissa

the first of several illustrations for a children’s book by Hannah Lindoff

Alaskan-born writer, Hannah Lindoff is writing a children’s book about a child’s experiences in putting up foods for winter from Southeast Alaska’s sea and land.   Another artist formerly born and raised in Juneau, Nobu Koch and myself are collaborating on the illustrations.  Above is an example of our combined efforts.

Under the influence of my friend, the infamous collage-artist/painter, Cecil Touchon, I began making collage about 12 years ago in 2001.  He encouraged me to take the Northwest Coast form line art and “play” with it.  I copied his technique, using similar materials and added the form line elements.  Such fun!

I am currently working on the last few collages for the book.  By the first weekend in October, I will then scan and email them off to Hannah for approval before she then emails them off to Nobu to complete image.   I am working on these collages in my studio in Colorado, Hannah writes in Juneau, Nobu is living and working in Seattle; how cool is technology that the three of us, who live miles apart, can collaborate on a project together like this?

 

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