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.



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



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



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.