The last interior illustration in this project is a happy ending illustration. We’ve got the sun setting over a fictionalized version of the author’s house. She and her husband are working in the yard. She’s waving at Rocky and Sylvia up in a tree overlooking everything. Everything is as it should be. A happy ending.
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The second illustration for chapter 7. Supposedly this also really happened.
This is an illustration of a fight involving a Doberman and a stray cat which, among other things, clung to the dog’s head before attacking him. This is the only illustration in the book that doesn’t directly involve Rocky the squirrel.
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Chapter 7 has two illustrations. This one is when an owl scoops up one of the family dogs. Rocky runs out to make a loud commotion, which startles the owl into dropping the dog. The author says it’s a true story.
She paid for a half page illustration for this one. When designing the layout, I realized that the image would benefit from as much height as possible. I thought, well, it’s supposed to be a half page, but we didn’t specify which half. Usually half pages are landscape (horizontal) format top or bottom half pages. But a left or right half page would meet the requirements also. I was proud of how it turned out.
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This is Chapter 6. Sylvia was attacked by a big red squirrel when she was off on her own. Rocky is coming to help as fast as he can.
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In Chapter 5, Rocky and Sylvia are in the trees arguing with an angry black bird.
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On to Chapter 4. Rocky and his girlfriend, Sylvia, have been trapped together in a live animal trap. A strawberry was used as bait.
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On to Chapter 3. The squirrel, Rocky, has been released and is showing off his moves for a girl squirrel. Only, he doesn’t quite stick the landing.
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Here’s the illustration for Chapter 2. This shows a man trying to teach a squirrel how to dig up acorns.
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Here’s the second illustration for Chapter 1. This illustrates where a thunderstorm knocks the terrified baby squirrel right out of his nice, warm nest. He’s young enough that his eyes aren’t open yet and the fur on his tail hasn’t grown out long yet. I was particularly proud of the lighting.
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Rocky the Human Squirrel by Jean Ball-Maurer, which I illustrated, is now out in ebook as well as paperback. https://www.amazon.com/Rocky-Human-Squirrel-Jean-Ball-Maurer/dp/B0BW385B6V
I already shared the cover, so now I’ll share the interiors. It’s an illustrated chapter book, so these are all black and white. Here’s the first one. It illustrates a section explaining who Rocky is and explaining some facts about squirrels.