Case study: The Children Who Wanted to Know

When I was 15, a woman in my neighbourhood: Lillian Caesar-Sutherland wrote a book called “The Children Who Wanted To Know.” It’s a book about organ donation for children under the National Minority Organ/Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP). I was asked to illustrate this book—it was unpaid and quite the experience. I honestly wish that I had known more about design back then. I was self-taught digital illustrator.

For this book I sketched on paper, scanned the drawing, and coloured in Jasc Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop.

About 15 years later, I’m revisiting the book as a case study. So far I’ve done the cover. Here’s the original:

The Children Who Wanted To Know

I revised this by doing my #commuteart project where I drew while on the train, scanned, and finished in Photoshop.

Here are some of the initial (I prefer that part of the process):


This is the result:

The Children Who Wanted To Know

If I had more time I would play with the typography and more colours but various hobbies and too little time, again, unpaid. I just think children at that age would have preferred something more colourful.

I could certainly make this more dynamic but that’s all the time I had without reference :).

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2 thoughts on “Case study: The Children Who Wanted to Know

  1. I’m a published illustrator for the third time! |

    […] For the past months I’ve been tagging #NalaBook1 on Instagram while working with an author N. Cox. I’m happy to announce that I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to have my illustrations be published for the third time. The first time I got the opportunity to work on any books was in high school and I revisited the concepts in this older post. […]


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