Recently I’m working on a new picture book. It’s really fun to draw the setting of a colorful little town. I’ve drawn and painted this kind of small town several times before but every time I had some new ideas and inspirations to explore the style a little bit. This time I’ve tried to make the characters more appealing to beginner readers (the target audience of this picture book) and the overall color tone bright and cheerful.
Cannot believe it’s already mid October! Autumn is right on the corner. Pumpkins, Halloween, holiday season, birthdays of two of my beloved family members… Tons of stuff ahead. And of course, drawing, painting, doodles, picture books… Hope this is a fruitful season to everyone!
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Happy Mid-Autumn Day!
I’ve been pulling out some of my original artworks of black and white drawings with watercolor touch for sale, hand painted and on 9×12 fine art paper. I’ll keep posting artwork in this series. Please feel free to drop me a message if you are interested in purchasing the artwork or a custom order for similar style.
Earlier this month I had the privilege of being a reader for a group of youngsters. I got to read one of my favorite books, It’s Time To Eat (Chinese Edition), and talk to the kids about being an author. The energetic kindergartners made me feel very welcome and I really enjoyed spending some time with them. We explored the adventures together with Marcus the Monkey and his friends, and discussed different kinds of food for different animals.
Books have the power to benefit toddlers and preschoolers in a myriad of ways. As a parent, reading to your child is one of the most important things you can do to prepare him with a foundation for academic excellence. Read aloud to your kids, start early and stay with it!
Stories & story books have always been the best source of learning with fun for the kids. The characters, if defined properly, become their friends & they learn all the valuable things about life from such story books. Parents connect better with their kids by reading stories to them & find a way to inculcate good habits in them in a fun filled way. Author Helen H. Wu, has come up with a perfect story book collection gift for the kids called “Marcus The Monkey”, with a happy, lovable monkey ready to befriend the kids. She has started a crowd funding campaign to publish this book.
Reportedly, “Marcus The Monkey” is a collection of four original stories by Helen, illustrated in a beautiful manner. It’s a coffee table children’s picture book about a happy & adventurous monkey who loves to go out on adventures & learn new things. The stories are intended to be interesting, entertaining, full of humor as well as capable of forwarding good messages & warm values. The detailed presentation of the characters & a full color illustration makes every page very attractive & engaging.
This 160 page, full color kid’s picture book comes in a 9*12 Vertical Hardcover. The stories in it titled as “Good Night, Good Night” & “It’s Time To Eat” have earlier also been listed on Amazon & received really warm reviews & feedbacks from the parents. They have termed both of these books very entertaining, loving & helpful in teaching good sleeping & eating habits in their kids through their friend, Marcus, the monkey. The other two stories in this collection are, “Where Do They Go When It Rains” & “I Can Sleep Alone”. All four of these are Helen’s original work. This new collection has more refined version of these stories along with added detailed illustrations.
As reported, this book is a perfect gift from Helen to early readers, parents, teachers & educators& everyone else who appreciates family, friends, animals & nature. With this collection, readers also get original sketches of illustrations, tips of turning an idea into a picture book & much more.
Helen H. Wu , born & raised in Hefei, China, has always been inclined towards art. She travelled many places in Asia, Europe, North America & learned new cultures & values. She opened her own art studio & started illustrating children’s book in 2011. With this collection, she wishes to publish it on a larger scale & thus has started a fundraising campaign on “Kickstarter” & has offered rewards for the backers. She is positive about being backed up by the people in this endeavor of hers.
Print available at my Etsy shop.