I joined a team of 12 female artists under the name girls for a cause to illustrate a children book. All earnings from the book were be used in aid of the animal shelter “Amigos de Sao Francisco” in Sao Paulo Brazil.
I used simple shapes and a vibrant color palette inspired by the reference pictures of the shelter and gave continuity to the illustration by using the same background on both pages. I decided to transition from reality to imagination to give myself more freedom to place the characters in a fantasy setup. I used brushes that simulated chalk or children wax pencils to accompany the loose lines of the drawing.
The book narrates the story of a white street puppy with one black eye whose mom suddenly disappeared. He is found by a woman and taken to a shelter and later in the story he’s adopted by a boy who’s very enthusiastic about pirates.
“Until on a sunny Sunday, a boy dressed as a pirate arrived at the farm. He ran straight to where the dog was and shouted: “Mom, mom, I found my friend!” Holding pirate in his arms.
He even has an eye patch, and together we will create many stories!
Come on, mom, let’s take pirate home! I can’t wait to start creating our memories!”