Sunday, September 27, 2009

Catching herons

Children in Togo catch birds with snares for fun and sometimes cook them. So this is another illustration for Bene's book. For once my bird drawings don't have to be exact. I based this on some of my Grey heron sketches and photos of Goliath heron. And Bene's hunting experiences, of course.

Friday, September 18, 2009

How to disjoint a pig

After a long summer break, it’s now time for some more illustrations for the health magazine Vitalt Vetande. This is a pig with lines indicating the parts.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Those sheep again

I love to jump out of the illustration box and simplify my paintings for immediacy and a feeling of presence. These ewes are the same as the ones I posted on August 6th but with a simpler setting, more economy of stroke, and fewer colors: only raw sienna, burnt sienna, ivory black, and cobalt blue.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Harvesting palm leaves

A couple of weeks ago Bene and I went to the corner café to discuss the outlines of his next book. This job is very exciting because I am working in a completely different way than I am used to – pinpointing the text highlights with brisk, immediate, and precise watercolor paintings. This is Kumba’s friend Fofo harvesting palm leaves for a Christmas hut.