Perils and pitfalls

Here’s an illustration I completed last week for Kendra Kandlestar and the Search for Arazeen.


This scene appears in the early part of the book, in a chapter called Perils and Pitfalls.  Kendra and her companions encounter many problems in this part of the book, and this includes trying to figure out how to cross a wide, deep chasm. This illustration shows their solution (or at least what they think is their solution).

I don’t normally produce illustrations in the chronological order in which they appear in the text. In fact, I normally jump around, all over the place. But, for some reason, I’ve left many of the illustrations from this part of the book to the very end. I think it’s because I’ve had so many issues figuring out how to draw jungle foliage.

This particular drawing caused me a lot of angst, as I kept playing with the perspective, the positioning of the figures, and the actual type of bark on the tree. To be honest, I’m still not sure if this is a final . . . it may get redrawn yet!


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