2010/11 Bear in Ballard

2010: Bear in Sprinkle Park copyright Marika Reinke

2010: Bear in Sprinkle Park copyright Marika Reinke

2011: Bear and Dragon copyright Marika Reinke

2011: Bear and Dragon copyright Marika Reinke

My friend wrote a children’s story, Bear in Ballard, based on the true story of a bear spotted on the streets of Ballard a few years ago. The story depicts the bear as it cavorts and explores major landmarks in the area like Cupcake Royale and the Locks. She flattered and intimidated me when she asked me to illustrate it. Though I had my doubts, I love this friend and admire her spirit and vision. I wanted to work with her so I agreed. I finished two illustrations. Bear and Dragon is an interpretation of an elementary school playground. Bear in Sprinkle Park takes place by the library being led by the moon and followed by a police dog.

Unfortunately, we didn’t finish this project. But the project taught me how to merge my style with story telling, a true challenge.

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