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 😉
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?!
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)
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:
And what do you think Bernard liked his mommy to read to him?
Yep, the book about Little Red Caboose:
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)