Della and Lila meet Marina, the Monongahela Mermaid
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Three weeks after joining Hire an Illustrator a lady in Pennsylvania found out about me and I got this picture book commission.

Let me introduce you to Marina the Monongahela Mermaid, living in Brownsville Pennsylvania river! She is unhappy because the rivers are becoming polluted. Luckily, 5 year old Della and her sister Lila who is 3 years old meet Marina one day and help her by coming up with a plan of how to educate the community about taking care of their beautiful rivers…

I am currently working on the final spread and front cover of this book and I have enjoyed every minute of it. I’ve loved painting pretty fins and characters, and the client has been so enthusiastic and a joy to work with! One of the elements I love most about being an illustrator is the contact with other creative people – the to-ing and fro-ing of ideas, making sure that the images compliment the text and getting the final image just right for the client. I can’t wait to have the printed book in my hands, which hopefully won’t be long as it will be published and available to buy later this year! I will write an update about this soon with some more images!

Sian Bowman
Children's Illustrator
Sutton St Nich… UK

Based in the beautiful countryside of Herefordshire, UK I have been freelancing for 10 years. I admire so many artists but in particular I love the sweet and sophisticated nature o… Show more.

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Becca Yure, Baavet Woolen Duvet Company, Author Rachelle Mann, Poet Roisin Donnelly, Author Barbara Michaels, The Della and Lila Book Series, Clever Thinkers LA Educational Company…
We hired Sian as a contractor to illustrate our children's book. Our relationship could not have been more perfect. She was able to interpret the story and the illustrations showed that she knew the characters and brought them to life. Any modifications were made graciously and quickly. We could count on her and will use her again and again and again as we publish more books.
— Joyce Koff and Beverly Ellman, Cleverthinkers LA