Salsa Stories

About the Art

Choosing a style and medium to illustrate Salsa Stories was not easy. The book had to be done in black and white, but the stories I had written were so full of color!

However, I'm known to love a challenge, so I decided to use textures as my colors. Since many of the stories are set in Latin America in the 1940's, and I admire the woodcut illustrations of that time, I opted to carve linoleum blocks for my illustrations.

Linocut is not a commonly used medium among children's book illustrators. And I am sure the fact that it takes so long to carve each block has something to do with it. It took me one week to carve and print each full illustration for the book!