My cover art for a new children’s book

My friend. author Chrysa Smith, has penned a new book for children, with illustrations by me. Titled The Upside-Down Gardener, it takes us through a little girl’s first attempt at growing a garden in her Brooklyn, NY, backyard.

I started with a rough pencil sketch of the lead character Dory looking upside down at some of her flowers –

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And then after checking some photo reference I refined it to a more anatomically correct stance –

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We want the urban setting to be apparent, so I widened the view to show the backs of the rear buildings a bit –

 

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– and tomorrow I’ll post the full color finished art.

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