Who said the Hero of the story is always a Prince or Princess? A Knight in shining armour? On Your Adventures My Darling is a book of courage, a tale about overcoming fears through imagination, colour, wonder, rhyme, and actions. Come on a journey, meet some exciting characters along the way and sing a rhyme or two. You are the hero of your adventures, my darling!
This visuals in this book needed to be just as magical as the story itself, so it really was a dream project for any illustrator! The main character was modelled after the authors daughter physically, but otherwise the sky really was the limit with creativity. While staying in the classic cartoonish style of many children’s books, I decided to add elements of stylized realism to create real-life scenes for the children to really get lost in. The detailing within each page is extensive and there are even some little clues hidden to foreshadow the adventures ahead. Each scene in the story was given an almost monochromatic colour theme, so each time you flip a page the reader is hit with a punch of vibrant colour, which can be recognized when the protagonist returns to a familiar setting.
The typography is bright, playful and educational for the reader. The highlighted words are either pointing out an important character, feeling, object or a challenging word which puts emphasis on the importance of discovering its meaning.
Niki Nelson was born in Sydney, Australia. With a passion for writing lyrics and short stories, coupled with a love for books, she has written a children’s picture book that will evoke courage.
We have all experienced fear at some stage in our lives. Niki has been from a young age an anxiety sufferer and with an overactive imagination, feared the worst.
As a young child, the fear was confusing. Niki believed she was the only one who felt these extreme emotions and sensations. It wasn’t until Niki was an adult, that she realized the label of ‘worrier’ no longer served her, so instead, she changed it into an affirmation:“I am a Warrior”.
When her daughter Mila was around nine months old, she would hyperventilate for no reason. Niki would hold her daughter, as tears would run down her face. “Please, not my baby”. Niki was so petrified that her darling daughter had somehow inherited her panic attacks and fear for life. This was when her creative project came to mind.
On Your Adventures My Darling was created with love and honesty. Niki has the vision to educate children (including her own) to realize that fear is a normal emotion experienced in everyday life. If we teach children from a young age that fear is a part of the adventure of life and that it can be overcome with courage and love, you really can achieve anything.
“If fear is acknowledged, it will have no power.”
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