It Is All About Trains

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Bernard Goes To Music School
I wonder if all the boys in the World like to play with trains?! 
In the book that I’ve recently illustrated, Bernard Goes To Music School, I had to paint trains quite a bit. The trains were not only toy trains. It was the train in the Autumn landscape of Toronto suburbs, and even train made of kids. 
I can imaging all that noise that children will be making when reading this book 😉
Trains!
Trains!
Trains!
Choo-Choo!!!!

I tried to paint each “train” and train unique and interesting. The train above was a simple Lego type train that the boy Bernard had at home.

Next train was more as a model train. Bernard and his friend Nicholas found lots of joy playing with this train in music class.
Don’t trains too make a musical noise?! 

Connie Du new book  model trains
When the kids were playing in the class imitating a train, the last “red caboose”, our shy boy Bernard was missing (I cannot reveal what happened next, but it was quite interesting how he handled the situation later)
Bernard Goes To Music School
When painting Toronto outskirts with the speedy train, my idea was to show all the beauty of the Fall of this beautiful place in Canada. The leaves of all colors with the fast train zipping through was the best presentation of the season and how rapid the changes in the Nature could be:
autumn fall landscape with trains
And what do you think Bernard liked his mommy to read to him?
Yep, the book about Little Red Caboose:
children books illustrations
For those who is reading my blog for the first time, here is a little info on the book:

The book is called Bernard Goes To Music School, written by Connie Du. You can find this book on Amazon. Just type Irina Sztukowski in the search window or copy and insert this link into the browser
The author’s note:
Bernard, a little boy, has gone to music school to start a musical journey that is about to change him profoundly in many ways… Initially he has difficulty singing those strange funny music notes and he often feels shy around people. He and other kids receive music training from Mrs. Tania, a lovable music teacher, who inspires him to sing and love music. He needs to practice countless times before he can overcome his shyness and sing beautifully in class. He learns a lot, has a lot of fun and makes friends in his music class but his achievements wouldn’t be possible without the unfailing love and encouragement from his parents throughout the journey. At the end of this story Bernard is not so shy anymore and he really enjoys being with his friends in music school! Music is a wonderful thing that can work magic on our children. (Connie Du)
ISBN-10: 1523864753
ISBN-13: 9781523864751

Bernard Goes To Music School – Children Book Illustration

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art for kids Bernard Goes To Music School
A little boy Bernard goes to music school. In these three illustrations I wanted to show the action combining the story of the book with the colorful season, Fall, in this children book. 

I painted the boy anxiously anticipating the first lesson and looking through the window while riding a bus.

He gets on the bus with his dad: 
Connie Du Bernard Goes To Music School
 He ride the train:
Irina Sztukowski art for kids
And all three illustrations above needed to be placed on one page per author’s request. I drew a rainbow and two birds uniting these mini illustrations in one artwork:
children book illustration
Bernard Goes To Music School book is now published and available on Amazon.com. It is easy to find by clicking HERE or by placing Irina Sztukowski in Amazon search window.

  • ISBN-10: 1523864753
  • ISBN-13: 9781523864751

I See Squirrel – Children Book Illustration

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Bernard Goes To Music School by Connie Du
Link to the illustration is HERE
In this illustration from the book Bernard Goes To Music School, I pictured the boy happily walking down the street and enjoying warm summer weather. The trees and bushes are in bloom indicating early Summer. The birds are in the sky. Way up on the tall tree branch I placed a squirrel eating the nut. Boy just saw the squirrel. But he is still here up to a big surprise: a little bunny is hiding under the bush. And how about a colorful butterfly?! In just a second it will take off and bring so much joy to the boy. 

All these elements of the illustration, including the road that vanishes in the atmospheric perspective, were composed the way that children, when they see the page and while parent is reading the text from the book Bernard Goes To Music School, kids will first see the boy, then their eyes will try to find a squirrel and of course they will discover bunny and the butterfly in a very short time. Yet after that they again will focus on the boy, the main character of the page and the book.

The illustration was painted, of course in correlation with the text on the page. The whole story is in the book on Amazon.com ( HERE ).

  • ISBN-10: 1523864753
  • ISBN-13: 9781523864751