Raven and The Dove: Illustrations for a Children's Novella
Savra, Sabrina E.
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When I began work on these illustrations this past winter quarter, I began the task of visually telling the story of Raven and the Dove. I mapped out all the moments I wanted to visualize. Somehow, I did not seem content with only creating six to eight large colored drawings of key moments. The visuals were where the story was rooted. Text added to their understanding. Making illustrations was a circling back to the story's central origin-the visualizations that had played in my imagination. The text can stand alone, yet the story is made so much richer with the additions of the illustrations. By presenting my visualizations as a whole, I hoped to invite my viewers to see them as a unit: memories of my protagonist, Raven. They are the flashes of her mind and also illustrated moments of what may pass through the reader's mind. Each picture is a word or a paragraph, and together, they write they story. My main intention was to have successfully illustrated a children's book-a great dream of mine-yet this SIP wished to teach me more. I saw the value once again in sharing one's story, so that it can touch other lives, and I came to see that I want to make art that can be up-building. Illustrations are something that everyone sees when they first flip through the book. The impression we can get of a children's book can be based on the illustrations alone. Illustrating what I saw also helped me to embrace my imagination, and get in touch with this wonderful part of the brain that crafts our stories. It was a warm, personal, sometimes difficult yet rewarding process. The emotion, feeling or memory I felt seemed to flow from my brush and create some stroke of expression on the page, read as an emotion. I loved it. A feeling of "ownership" towards my art came upon me. I came to see, for the first time in a long time, I was doing for my "public" art, which I had always with the "private" art in my sketchbook.