Illustrating a Short Story

 I will braid my sadness:  A Short Story of Paola Klug

I have been working in an Illustration of a short story of Paola Klug, a fantastic Mexican writer and poet.  “Trenzaré mi Tristeza” (I will braid my sadness) is a story about women, tradition, family, customs and – over all – love.  The kind of maternal love from a grandma, completely incondicional.  As soon as I read the story I fell in love with every word and it inspired me right away.

I worked in a double page, having the story in the odd page, most of the main illustration in the even page, but passing into the odd page and framing the story.

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The illustration is painted with watercolours in a neutral colour, adding a tiny touch of bright red in specific places to add temperature and bring it to life.

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I believe that it complements the story nicely with an air of melancholy and sweetness.  What do you think?

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What I love about Paola is the simplicity and warmth of her words. If you read her – I promise – it will touch your soul.  Gracias Paola for transporting me to my childhood and the stories of my own grandmother, and for filling me with inspiration.

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If you feel like reading more stories of Paola or purchasing her latest book, see below her social media links:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PincheCanela
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/paolaklug/
Blog: https://paolak.wordpress.com/

Collector

Another week in the Illustration Challenge.  This week is a catch up with the “Collector” theme.  I am so looking forward to the summer and a walk in the beach at sunset to collect the precious souvenirs of the sea.Collection_150 dpi