Elba - an Origin Story

The galleys for Maybe Tomorrow? arrived!

I am so thrilled with Ana Ramirez's art work. This book has its origins in a question a student asked me (explored elsewhere on this site) but also in a simple ceramic rhinoceros, bought at Indrani's here in Brunswick. She sat on my desk for a while, looking dour.

 

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In my original dummy, Norris was a croc and Elba was a rhino.

 

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I love how Ana rendered Elba - hippo with Moomintroll undertones? Here is a progression of Elbas!

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Playing

My mother, Margareta McDonald, is an artist. When I was growing up, I was surrounded by art supplies. How fortunate I was to be able to think in paint and pencil! In this photo, I'm with my sister and my cousin, clearly thinking very painty thoughts. 

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