no bee
no bee



One day it started to rain.
And rain. And rain.
The small river grew
big and angry.
– I Came From the Water


Paperback: $8.95
978-0-9832904-5-2 Amazon BN


Hardcover: $15.95
978-0-9832904-4-5 Amazon


Vanita Oelschlager
Mike Blanc

Ages 4-8
40 Pages



Illustration Technique
By Mike Blanc

Mike’s illustrations for I Came From The Water began as pencil sketches followed by detailed drawings which were scanned in digital format for templates. He used Corel® Painter™, computer software for artists, to paint. With the support of a pressure sensitive drawing monitor he used a variety of the many paper textures available like dotted and wiggly line patterns. He combined custom “real bristle” brushes, color sponges, and blenders with the traditional oil paint color palette. The finished result is a book with varied textures and deeply saturated colors, just the right visual appeal for one Haitian boy’s incredible tale of suvival.

VanitaBooks will donate 10% from each book sold to Father Rick and Sister Judy for their work at St. Damien and St. Helene.


How the artwork was created.
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