"Little Wolf, Big World" (Project Preview)

So, as some of you know, I've started working on writing and illustrating a children's book! With so many friends and family who either have young kids or are about to very soon, I've begun thinking a lot over the last year or so about how I might contribute to welcoming these little people into the world. How can I help provide nurturing spaces for children to start learning the world around them and for parents to learn their children and themselves in their new roles as "mom," "dad," etc.? What can I make and give that can add even just a hint of the beauty that helps love grow?

 A very early mock-up of the book's cover. We'll see how things develop!

A very early mock-up of the book's cover. We'll see how things develop!

I'm finding numerous answers to those questions, and this book project is just one of them. The progress will be slow and steady, but I'm keeping track of much of it on my Instagram feed under the hashtag #littlewolfbigworld, and I'll also be updating the blog periodically from this point forward. In the meantime, as the book itself is developed, I've opened an online store full of prints and other home goods that feature the characters and scenes from the book that folks can purchase. You'll find a collection of illustrations for Kids & Nursery, Coffee & Kitchen, Home & Family, and my Iconography series all available at society6.com/sarahduetCheck it out if you're curious! 

And on a personal note, I've been finding the process of working on this to be quite enjoyable, and I think healthy for me as well. As a person who tends to take things pretty seriously, focus on complexity, and think in primarily abstract terms...it's a good exercise, I think, to immerse myself in work like this  that requires a foundation of delight, simple communication, and very concrete ideas. It's been refreshing thus far and I think a valuable complement to my more introspective creative process for songwriting, painting, etc.

I'll keep you posted. Thanks for stopping in,

sd.

 Remember all that snow we got this winter in Shreveport? Well Lowe the Little Wolf and his fox friend Ferdinand got some time to play in it!

Remember all that snow we got this winter in Shreveport? Well Lowe the Little Wolf and his fox friend Ferdinand got some time to play in it!

 Baby wolves need nurseries, right? So here's a view of Lowe's.

Baby wolves need nurseries, right? So here's a view of Lowe's.

 Ferdinand playing on his  Index Drum (indexdrums.com)  and Lowe the Little Wolf sporting his  Space Bees  onesie! Local Shreveport makers will hopefully be making periodic appearances in this project.

Ferdinand playing on his Index Drum (indexdrums.com) and Lowe the Little Wolf sporting his Space Bees onesie! Local Shreveport makers will hopefully be making periodic appearances in this project.