I had the pleasure of making this illustration for a story by Tracy Wang, creator of the lovely I am the First Bite website, filled with stories for children that are accompanied by delicious looking recipes.
You can read the full story of Nilo, the boy in the illustration above, and his friend Stuart the apple tree sapling as well as gaze at the beautiful apple tart recipe here on I am the First Bite.
I find myself working with ink so often that it had been a while since I did a full-watercolour illustration of this size.
Here are some warm up studies I did before launching in, with a few new plants for practice too.
A very sweet and restful scene to paint!
Thanks again for this commission, Tracy!