The BIG Adventures of Little O - A song for the salmon
Children's Novel 2018
Publish date pending
Separated from his pod, a young orca, ‘Little O’ is alone and hungry. Learning to listen to his heart and trust his intuition, he embarks on a life changing journey for survival to find the missing salmon and reunite with his family. Along the way Little O meets Dalli the porpoise and Ursus the grizzly bear. He forges a deep connection with Mother Nature, and meets Ruby, a young girl and kindred spirit. He must find the strength to defeat a menacing ocean beast-the ‘Pirate’.
These characters encourage and challenge his quest, helping Little O to realize his true potential.
I have created many different illustrations for The BIG Adventures of Little O. The final edit of images will come down to the publishers discretion, based on book format and other criteria. I do enjoy putting the words to pictures!
The all knowing Mother Nature
In an ocean full of creatures, Little O finds himself alone for the first time in his life. Mother Nature is watching, and she finds a way to guide him, but Little O is going to have to be paying attention!
There are so many ways to portray Mother Nature as a presence in our world. She truly is everywhere.
I've been trying some different styles of medium, looking for a possible cover for the book.
I like collage because hidden in the colours of this piece are many other images of nature and life on earth.
I haven’t been able to settle on a style of illustrations for the BIG Adventures of Little O, but I feel like this is getting closer.
I want to keep the illustrations in line with the sweet, childlike whimsy of my protagonist, Little O. The illustrations are an extension of the story, and I like the thought of my readers creating their own images for Little O’s environment. So less is more!
I love the simplicity of using one or two colours under black fine liner ~ a subtle guide for what I have imagined.
You are the stars, Little O!
‘Follow your bliss’ - this is the theme for my book. Another way to say this is to follow your intuition. Listen to your gut! To open ourselves up to receiving this knowledge, I believe we have to find our connection to our environment, our community, and to the earth.
I’ve added the map of stars to Little O’s body - they are part of him, as he is part of them.
Little O, Lutris, and Mother Nature ~ together, they can do anything!