a midsummer’s placebo

I’m in the midst of illustrating the third book in the Math in Nature series titled “Sizing Up Winter”, written by Lizann Flatt. And I’m happy to report that almost every spread involves a snowy landscape inhabited by winter-loving animals.

This summer has been one giant, long, relentless heat wave, and so to counteract my oven of a studio I’ve resorted to colour therapy. Yes, colour therapy. Greens and whites and blues rule my workspace right now and believe it or not, the act of working with these hues is actually cooling my body temperature down. Well, that’s what I have myself believing at least. So give it a try: look at the following porcupine spread and see if it gives you a brain freeze.

After much time spent researching this prickly rodent, I must warn against the natural urge to google baby porcupines; they are drop dead cute. Actually, they are too cute! How can something be so very cute? And while you’re avoiding baby porcupine images, please also refrain from googling baby otters. Trust me, just don’t. It’s too much cute to handle. To put it simply, it will warm up your heart, and in doing so, revoke any last cooling measure I prescribed above.

 

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1 Response to “a midsummer’s placebo”


  1. 1 Celeste Ramos August 8, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    I love this!! And I love the stories that comes with it!


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