There hasn’t been work in the pencil crayon style for some time. So I was happy when a brand-new client approached me to do something in the style of ‘Themba’s Day’. It involved two girls and their mother picking a mango, a pear and a bunch of grapes for a fruit salad at the end of the tale.
Here’s the result. Pencil crayons allow one to produce a soft, sensitive style well suited to this subject of two little girls and their mother.
She’s ‘The Mermaid who Came in on The Tide’. The author of this book is Lisa Suhay, journalist and author based in Norfolk, Virginia in the States. Read more about her here. The book is to be sold with proceeds going to ForKids, Norfolk, which provides kids in need with transitional housing. Lisa has two previous books involving mermaids:
There Goes a Mermaid! A NorFolktale (The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Virginia 2003)
The Mermaids and Yellow Jack, A NorFolktale (Bon Secours Foundation 2006)
The third one in this vein is ‘The Mermaid who Came In With The Tide’ which is where I came in. I ‘met’ Lisa via one of her other stories, ‘Heaven’s Dust’, which charmed me and inspired me to contact her with the idea of animating it. So we became FB friends. And when she mentioned the new book in a post, I elbowed my way in there… The result is shown in the slideshow above.
The little mermaid who comes in with the tide (a play on words because The Tide is also the name of the local transit system.) is found on the beach by local children. She is lost with no way of getting home.
So in a sense, the story gently points out parallels between the fantasy and the reality. This lost little mermaid is cared for by the children until she’s able to return home.
ForKids.Inc assists children in need who are in situations not of their choosing. ForKids does great work to assist them and it’s a very worthy recipient of the help the sales of these books will bring. Mermaids are a Thing in Norfolk. This latest story also weaves a tale of how they came to be there.
15/11/2015 update: The book was launched on the 31/10/2015. More details and pics can be seen on Facebook here.