I have been lucky enough to work with pangolins in the wild and spend time in the forest at night. Drawing on these experiences I have been working with Oakenday Press to produce a book to increase environmental literacy and support a conservation cause.
The process began with sharing pangolin stories with the author who used this information to put together a delightful night time adventure. From there I had the opportunity to scour personal photos from both Vietnam and Brunei as inspiration for initial sketches.
However, this was just the start and the process has unleashed my creative side. I was encouraged to think about different view points and composition; to work out how to express the height of the trees, the colour of the sky and characteristics of the animals in a way that appeals to children but remains ecologically accurate.
With a deadline of World Pangolin Day 2016 looming I am in the midst of adding colour. I paused for inspiration and spent 45 mins in the children’s section of my local book store selecting some reading!
From there I’ve just managed to established a general theme, the task now begins in adding the detail and bring the story to life.