Monday, October 29, 2018

Cao Chong News and Glorious Samples!

Six book series Birds on the Wing
I got a big group of samples at once. Eight Books actually... I think the first was done in 2015 and I finished up in 2017.

These are readers for Heinemann.

Several Spreads
Baby Wood Ducks!
Adorable Mango Tree Book!
This book I worked on partially while in Costa Rica. It was fun to be in a rain forest. My first time! I got a TON of reference.

The Sweet Mango Tree Spreads
Tiger Mango Love

In other news, Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant is on the 2018 Purdue University Engineering Gift Guide!

What an honor!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Team Huldra!

I am excited to announce that I will be part of Team Huldra on Light Grey Art Lab's 2019 Norway Artist Residency!

Here is the whole team:

Huldra is the perfect name! In Scandinavian folklore, the huldra (Norwegian, derived from a root meaning “covered,” “hidden,” or “secret”) is a very elusive and seductive creature of the forest... (According to Google)

I hope to get some family to meet me after to check out Oslo.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Coming Soon! Elin Books by Melanie Oesch

Book 1: Elin the Wood Elf Girl
I recently completed illustrations for the awesome book series about an elf girl and her owl best friend. They are written by Melanie Oesch, musician and yodeler.

I will have more art and a link to order the books soon!

Book 2: Elin Makes New Friends
I was lucky enough to go to the Eriz Valley in Switzerland where the books take place, sketch, and shoot a ton of reference photos.

Castle in Thun, Switzerland
The Eriz Valley in person!
Sketching in Thun
Final color sketch in Thun
Sneak peek of one of my favorite images from the book!