Instants: An Inked Compilation of Moments in Japan, India and Peru - Children's Book
Get a sneak peak into the daily lives of three girls living in Kyoto, Japan; Mysore, India and Chinchero, Peru. Follow Ayumi, Nila and K'antu, as they complete chores, attend festivals, and explore temples!
I began painting the pages of this book as a way to participate in this year's Inktober Challenge. This challenge is a drawing challenge in which the creator, Jake Parker, provides word prompts for each day of October and the game is to illustrate something inspired by that word prompt for that day. I decided to create characters for each week and challenge myself to make each word relevant to the character. I knew I wanted to feature young girls and their lives as curious, intelligent, and responsible individuals. I love traveling and so decided to feature girls around the world and provide some fun facts and insights of those places.
I chose Japan because my husband and I went there for our honeymoon and absolutely adored it and all the photo reference and sketchbooks we got to take. I chose India because I have been interested in that culture since I began studying yoga when I was fourteen years old. And finally, and closest to my heart, I chose Peru because I am Peruvian, my father was born in Chorillos, Peru and immigrated to New York City in the 1980's.
This book is square in format, 7" by 7". 12All art and design was done by me. This book contains 21 full page black and white illustrations created with Liquitex Carbon Black Ink and various paintbrushes and dip pens. All type is hand lettered by me as well. Front and back covers are in full color, painted in watercolor.
Ti Kwan Yin is a high quality oolong tea from China’s Fujian Province. (Which let’s be real, is an easy contender for region of the world where the best tea comes from just saying) So this tea, it also come with a legend and I LOVE stories.
The legend says an poor, old, farmer frequented the temple in his village that had fallen into disrepair and neglect. He did what he could to light incense and honor the goddess in whose name the temple was built. One day the statue of the deity sprung to life and told the old man that outside the temple was a plant, the key to his future. The old man found the bush outside the doors of the temple and watered and cared for it back to good health. The leaves, once healthy, turned out to be wonderful tea leaves that the farmer and his offspring sold with much success. He named the tea in the goddess’ name “Ti Kwan Yin” Tea if the Iron Goddess of Mercy. 🖤☕️⠀
8"x8" in size, painted in Schmincke Watercolors, Silver Metallic Sharpie and Sakura Brush Pens on hot pressed Fluid brand watercolor paper. 🖊
Fan art for The Shape of Water yet. I LOVED this film, and I totally recommend it to anyone who is a Guillermo Del Toro fan, or a fan of monster movies and Golden Age cinema. Visually beautiful and curiously bizarre. Hadda make a little fan art painting for it. 🐢❤️🧜🏻♀️
8"x8" in size, painted in a variety of watercolor brand paints (mostly Schmincke and Windsor Newton) and linework in Micron pens on Fluid brand watercolor paper. 🖊