Carmen Smit has always had a dream to illustrate a children’s book, and her former colleague at Boomtown provided the opportunity after writing and self-publishing her first novel, The Eye in the Yellow Bow Tie.
Estée Cockcrofts’ book, The Eye in the Yellow Bow Tie, is about a boy who grew up in the 1950s, during the apartheid days of South Africa, in a household with a tyrant of a father and a sister who bullied him. “Estée gave me the initial manuscript to read along with an extensive brief, however she still allowed me to explore my own interpretations and creative concepts,” explains Carmen. “We went through a variety of initial concepts and ideas, around eight until we ended up with the final design.”
Using paint, fine liners and water colours, Carmen worked on the project for three months, outside of her graphic design job at leading branding agency Boomtown. “We love to see our people achieve their dreams and possibility, and to see Carmen take her first step in children’s book illustration is heartwarming,” adds Boomtown MD, Andrew MacKenzie.
Boomtown sponsored Carmen’s membership to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, “The workshops and the people there I met fueled my drive to achieve my dream,” adds Carmen.
“Having worked with Carmen extensively at Boomtown, and knowing her dream to illustrate a children’s book, I knew she was the right person to illustrate my fist novel,” remarks Estee Cockcroft. “
The book is due to be launched on September 8th at 6:30pm at The Athenaeum, Port Elizabeth.
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