At the moment on the weblog, we’re sharing a Q&A performed with Amber Alvarez, the illustrator of My Magic Wand: Growing with the Seasons.
Amber Alvarez: After I’m engaged on a e-book within the studio, it at all times seems like I’m maintaining an enormous secret. I hate maintaining secrets and techniques! I at all times really feel like I’m going to burst once I’m carrying one. It’s a reduction to have it out on the planet as a result of I don’t have to cover it anymore. I used to be excited in regards to the illustrations for My Magic Wand. I’m glad that I can share them now.
Lee & Low: What was working by means of your thoughts whereas illustrating My Magic Wand?
Amber Alvarez: These poems of Pat Mora’s remind me of my childhood. I grew up in a Mexican-American house in Hawaii, the place I spent numerous my time on the seashore with my household. We’re extremely tight-knit, and I used to be reminded of such glad recollections whereas drawing each illustration on this e-book. I additionally thought rather a lot about my Latin heritage, my Grandmothers, and the way enjoyable it’s to be 5 and 6!
Lee & Low: What was your favourite unfold as an example and why?
Amber Alvarez: I favored illustrating “Turning into a Fish” finest. It’s layer after layer of blue water, and I might lose myself within the textures and the paint. I favored designing the garments on each web page, however the blue bodysuit with the orange slice was a specific excessive level for me.
Lee & Low: In what means do you relate to the primary character of My Magic Wand probably the most?
Amber Alvarez: I believe we’re extra alike than not! I used to be lucky to develop up in a household that genuinely celebrated my quirks. I’d play home with my mother and sister for hours or spend a cheerful afternoon portray with my dad. I by no means felt like I used to be too younger to be a part of the motion. I really like that Pat Mora wrote a couple of character who’s the middle of her world and glad to be a part of a loving household.
Lee & Low: What message do you hope readers will come away with after studying My Magic Wand?
Amber Alvarez: I hope that readers of My Magic Wand will really feel empowered to observe their passions and that this e-book will encourage them to write down and illustrate their very own poems about their fascinating on a regular basis life.
Lee & Low: Do you could have any recommendation for younger artists who learn My Magic Wand and are impressed by the illustrations?
Amber Alvarez: My favourite factor about younger artists (and our most important character, too) is how observant they’re. Youngsters are particularly gifted at seeing issues that nobody else can! I’d encourage them to attract what they see. I hope that they use all the colours of the rainbow.
Amber Alvarez, a full-time illustrator, grew up in Oahu, Hawai‘i, and obtained her BFA from Pratt Institute. As a baby, she embraced most of the actions the primary character of My Magic Wand enjoys—drawing, cooking, swimming, dancing, and gardening—and her life nonetheless facilities round these actions. Alvarez lives in Provo, Utah. Yow will discover her on-line at amberalvarez.com and @shesureissketchy.