I started making a few pencil drawings for Raised in Captivity because I thought some readers might need help picturing an oryx or a black-foot ferret. One thing led to another and soon I had a book full of illustrations. Drawing was a much needed respite from the task of polishing my book.

I started with pencil  or pen and ink, then finished up on in InDesign on the computer. The computer is a very forgiving medium and I was able to push and pull the images until, for the most part, I got them the way I wanted them.

The hardest drawing was the map of Saskawan. It is the result of many false starts. I wanted it to be symbolic of an island of trees in a sea of urban sprawl, but also provide a way to orient readers and illustrate (very literally) the area’s importance to the city.

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