I’ve recently been working on a self-authored children’s tale called ‘Understory’. It features a pair of sisters who live in the forest with their mother, who discover that the forest is suffering after one of the great ancient trees is cut down. Their pregnant mother, unable to go herself, tasks them with finding the fairy that lives in one of the many lakes, and following her instructions to restore the forest’s strength. The girls then go on a quest to fulfil each of the tasks and restore the forest to its healthy state. It’s a story about nature stewardship, the interconnectedness of nature, and family bonds.
I’ve been doing illustrations for it in between other work and personal projects, and this is a scene I was looking forward to illustrating. Originally it was going to be full bleed, but I felt like a vignette worked better in the end. The girls are watching the new green leaves of Spring fall from the trees as the strength of the forest wanes.