¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! Descubriendo el bosque nublado; Olinguito, from A to Z! Unveiling the Cloud Forest
"...a rare and beautiful thing that will enthrall young readers—and everyone else as well....exquisite mixed media illustrations..." – De Colores
About the Art
In creating the illustrations, I wanted to give readers a clear, detailed, and scientifically accurate view of the amazing species found in the cloud forest. Yet the forest’s thick vegetation and constant cover of mist and fog presented a challenge. My solution was to remove the clouds and limit the vegetation. I then represented the fog and mist with squares of translucent paper framing the alphabet letters. This allowed the species to be in plain sight. Inspired by scientific illustration, I created precise paintings in a graphic style. I added collage elements that recreated, in a controlled way, the natural layers that define the forest.
To research the forest, I spent four days in olinguito country in Ecuador. There I saw and photographed an olinguito! I also gathered plant specimens during my long hikes. I used the specimens to create printed patterns and collages for the illustrations.