All illustrations were worked in chalk pastels: Schmincke, Sennelier and Winsor & Newton. Each sketch was first drawn in pencil then transferred using a light box onto smooth press paper. Q-Tip eyeshadow applicator were used to grind the color into the paper.
Many illustrations have meaning. The opening illustration of the children on the barren, cracked sidewalk contrasts the change to the same illustration mid-way of the book where the sidewalk has healed, flowers are blooming, children are smiling and thought bubbles represent forward thinking into the future.
In the illustration, “Sometimes things leave, gone for good…” the ladder to the sky represents a DNA double helix marked with hydrogen bonds. Around the pond, the fish is catching an insect, and the cat is fishing for the fish while reading Fish Tales.
It took six months to fully plan and illustrate this book.