Chinese Weaver

Chinese Weaver 72dpi© Durga Yael Bernhard

Here is an illustration that was commissioned by an educational publisher several years ago.  The story, The Magic Brocade, was published as part of a series of reading resources.  The story introduces new vocabulary and rules of grammar, as well as another culture.  This multicultural trend in educational publishing is most welcome – especially when the  story is a traditional folktale such as this one.

I very much enjoy painting and drawing architecture.  This is one of the best ways to create a visual sense of place.  In this case, I chose a 3/4 perspective not only to give more than one view into the house, but also to add a sense of dimension.  The cloud-like shape of the illustration, mimicking the shapes in Chinese silk weavings, intersects the structure of the house with unexpected curves.  Creative cropping does much to make an image more interesting, and my publisher liked the result.

Order Chinese Weaver as a POSTER this week, and get a free greeting card (of the same image)!   $10 for the poster and card, shipping included.  Order your poster here.  Your can also order a six-pack of cards for $15.  Order greeting cards by filling in the title here.

A good week to all,

D Yael

Author / Illustrator of
THE HUNGRY HAGGADAH: A Passover Story in Rhyme
THE JEWISH EYE – 2016 /5776 calendar of art
JUST LIKE ME, CLIMBING A TREE: Exploring Trees Around the World
NEVER SAY A MEAN WORD AGAIN – A Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review;
winner of the Sydney Taylor Award and National Jewish Book Council Award
THE DREIDEL THAT WOULDN’T SPIN – A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah
WHILE YOU ARE SLEEPING – A Children’s Book Council Notable Book
GREEN BIBLE STORIES FOR CHILDREN – Nat’l Green Book Festival Notable Book
A RIDE ON MOTHER’S BACK – An American Bookseller Assoc. Pick of the List
– and more!
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