Sahera Khan, a UK writer, is creating a book for deaf children,
and she asked me to submit a sample.
The entire book will be in British Sign Language, or BSL.
BSL is two-handed, as opposed to ASL, which uses one hand.
The brief was to keep the imagery very spare,
and the colors solid. And to show various cultures.
I did these two drawings for her.
And then I developed the first sample into this:
There are several other illustrators also submitting samples,
and I may not be the one picked,
but it was lovely to explore yet another
facet of human communication.
In between I also did a small illo for Azizah.
This was for a piece by Julie Mair,
for whom I illustrated a sweet book called
some time ago.
Julie writes wonderfully,
but my picture was too obscure for the mag,
and it was not picked.
The article was about how the
whispers of our own heart sometimes
lead us astray.
Meanwhile, Azizah is doing a profile piece on me
(I still can't believe it!!!),
which should be out soon! YAY!