I’ve illustrated many natural science, religious and historical books and each time I try to bring a realistic view of the characters and setting while still creating interesting compositions. This story is based on facts that young people need to be aware of, so I welcome the chance to present it to them in this format. A sense of time and place is achieved by researching the period, late 1800s in this case. The situations are not overly decorative or colorful in order to give a feeling of what the characters are up against. The illustrations are digital watercolor, using Adobe Photoshop and some brushes I created in the program.