“Story of Anna. Chapter 1” Alf Sukatmo. Watercolor on paper. For “Story of Anna” children’s book illustration project.
“Hey, i can be soft too. I am not always dark and gloomy.”
That was my answer to my friend when she was asking about a sudden colors mood’s change in my illustrations.
In fact, drawing the children’s illustration made my mood stayed happy and soft, and I love doing it.
I think it’s about time for me to show my illustration for a children’s book.
Actually there are 19 illustrations, but i can’t show all of them, yet. I am still waiting for the author’s permission to show the rest of my illustrations i made for her book.
“How far is your imagination” by Alf Sukatmo. Vector Artwork.
She wanted to have a goldfish
In a pond with a lotus
And she named her fish “Sri”
So let’s us see how far is your imagination, Dee
And so she drew a fish
A pond and a lotus
Strong her will
With her mind so free
Like my daughter should be
I promised Dee that i going to get up yesterday, and i kept it. Although i couldn’t do much activity, i managed to finished this for her last night.
As you see, that this image has changed from the previous version, i have fully replaced the man on the right corner with a goldfish.
There was a monster in her room A dragon, she screamed I am a lizard, said the beast Shoo.. shoo, she said Ssshh.., hissed the beast
And jumped off the bed
The beast was running away
Before her father came
Dee asked me to teach her how to made the boats and a pirate hat from unused brochures and a piece of old newspaper.
“Well sure, why not,” i said.
“Can we play it together?” she asked.
I had a deadline coming up, but she had no one to play with except me, and i didn’t want to disappoint her.
So, i decided to made her several boats and a hat, but she refused, all that she asked was i taught her how to make them. It sure going to take a little longer time, but again, she had her way to melt a father heart (and made her father ignoring upcoming deadline.)
After all that was finish, we played the pirate, i am the pirate and she still held her role, as pirate’s daughter. And guess what, even a quiet man can do sword dance if his little daughter requested him.
A simple request from a daughter and a simple moment on a simple day of a father have delivered, i still had enough time to meet the deadline and even made this picture. I watch her as she sleeps, a smile, a beautiful smile on her lips complete my perfect evening.