by Thalia Chaltas
Mandrill manhandled the mangroves
and bit them till they cried,
He ate their leaves, stomped their roots,
and then lay down and died.
I started with a ton of preliminary sketches, since this assignment was officially A Big Deal, since Kite Tales is read by a lot of kidlit industry professionals. Mandrills and mangroves are not everyday images in my life, so I decided to really research what they were all about before committing to any of my sketches. I think it paid off.
Here's a link to the issue, my illo is on page 13!