My newest picture book is about Ancient China! I am so excited to release this book.
“Fascinating, especially when teamed up with the author’s marvelous illustrations” -Readers’ Favorite
No one expects a shy princess to save an emperor! When her stubborn father angers a powerful dragon, Moon Lily must race against time to end this duel with a dragon.
Travel back to Ancient China to meet the first emperor and his family. Illustrated in the style of silk paintings with early Chinese calligraphy, this story will engage young fans of art, history, folklore and dragons!
Click here to purchase the e-book and paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1999119010
Watch the book trailer here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JPTTl4edN-s&t=30s
I loved creating the illustrations for this book. I wanted them to resemble ancient silk paintings. I used paper cutouts for the characters. They were created on paper that was dyed with orange pekoe tea. I used different filters to create the finished illustrations. Scroll through these photos to see the evolution of the illustration from start to finish… A photograph of the scene, an animation filter added, a texture filter added, and finally a colour adjustment filter added.
Watch how I made the illustrations here: https://youtu.be/9GcV7G5xt8o
I included authentic small seal script characters that reinforce the story. The first emperor ordered everyone to use this style of writing in order to unify his new empire. I list the meanings of the characters in the back of the book. Below are some examples of small seal script:
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