Color changes everything. It can excite. It can comfort. It can instigate bias.
Today, color is a milestone for me. I saw the first two-page, color illustration for “Misho of the Mountain,” our upcoming children’s book. The pages Teri Rider chose are a random spread in the middle of the book, but I see symbolism everywhere. They are the perfect choice for a new beginning.

The text of the story for this page tells of a moment of awakening and metamorphosis for the main character. As Misho grows from a seed to a sapling, she finds out an essential part about who she will become.

How is an illustration like a sprouting seed?

Just like the protagonist, our book takes a step towards its true self as Teri transforms the visual narrative from black and white sketches to color spreads. The change is as dramatic as the sprouting of a seed. Where once was only line and form, now there are added layers of vibrancy, mood, and dimensionality.

Illustration as symbolism

The colors and images of the scene portray the spirit of the book and its examination of how loneliness and despair can be tamed in the light of a new day. The illustration is part darkness, part light–part cold rock, part blazing sun. The scene unfolds under the watchful eyes of whimsical onlookers.
The image and colors may change in coming iterations. But it is the first colorful taste of what our book will be.
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