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Client Success: Illustrator Kevin Gosselin Creates Vivid, Emotional Art for Prescott’s “A Stone for Kayla”

“Walt’s vision for the book had always been watercolors which was terrifying for me because I had little experience using them,” said illustrator Kevin Gosselin. Though an artist from a young age with years of experience in graphic design, A Stone for Kayla on the Camino de Santiago was his first time illustrating a book.

Author Walt Prescott shared, “The obvious choice to illustrate my book was an accomplished artist in Seattle who just happened to be my nephew and godchild Kevin. Using my Camino photos, Kevin nailed my vision and flew with it, stunning me with his creativity and the art’s beauty. His watercolor impressions bring me back to the Camino every time I view them.”

Kevin added, “I think an added spark I had for this project was my love and respect for the author.  The story is about him, and as the illustrator, I possessed a deep connection to the protagonist.”

Kevin also found inspiration in learning to work with watercolors.  “I love the inherent life of the water and how it wants to do its own thing.  After a while, it affected how I saw my surroundings.  Suddenly everything was light and values.  The medium provides a quality I can’t get with opaque paint.”

All 27 illustrations began as watercolor paintings which were then scanned for enhancement using PhotoShop.  Once completed, Kevin typeset the story into his artworks.

“Both Walt and you, Wayne, were excellent in keeping me going. I had never worked with an editor before. It was great, more like having a coach instead of a boss. You brought an experienced eye to the process, always providing me with the right amount of guidance and enthusiasm.  You were very easy to work with.”

“It’s nice to have a book feather in my cap.  I’ve long had an interest in being a children’s book writer and illustrator.  All my fine artwork has been sculpting creatures and character design with the idea that maybe one day I would put them into books. A Stone for Kayla has given me the audacity to think that by the end of this year I will produce my own.  Recently, I developed the origin story…”

And so the artist / illustrator begins a new adventure into writing.  I, for one, am excited to discover where he ends up.

Buy A Stone for Kayla on the Camino de Santiago by Walt Prescott, illustrated by Kevin Gosselin, available in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle.

Client Success: Walt Prescott’s “A Stone For Kayla” Illustrates Oneness of World Family Through Communal Journey on the Camino de Santiago

A Stone for Kayla on the Camino de Santiago is about living every day to the fullest, expressing gratitude, and letting those I love know how important they are to me,” shares author Walt Prescott.

Walt’s new illustrated book about how his love for his granddaughter inspired each step of his special journey delights both children and adults.  A memoir of hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain, there’s plenty about his pilgrimage for those considering the hike for themselves.  However, the tale, its characters, and the illustrations are as compelling as the lessons learned are universal.

“My intention for the book was to be a personal exchange between myself and my granddaughter. The first variation was barely more than extended captions below my Camino photos that had been enhanced with a watercolor app on my phone.

“I had met Wayne through my role as the President of The Friends of the Library group at Toco Hill that frequently sponsored his writing workshops. I remember standing in the back of the room while Wayne engaged his audience, thinking of all the ‘what-if’s and ‘maybe someday’s of writing a story of my own.  After showing my book and being encouraged by librarians Lesley Barber and Elizabeth Isabelle, as well as others, I reflected on my Camino experience and realized it was important for me to share this with a wider audience.

Wayne saw the potential in my initial book and was able to coax the story I wanted to tell. Through numerous revisions and rewrites, he remained positive while encouraging me to fill in the rich detail that painted a picture with my words. Wayne’s gentle questioning and nudging were key to bringing my vision to life. Any editor can help with the mechanics of writing; however, Wayne also has the ability to inspire the love of writing and word creation in others.

“Wayne also worked as Creative Director as we brought on Kevin Gosselin, a wonderful illustrator from Seattle who took my app-adapted photos and created gorgeous illustrations before laying out the book with text.  Wayne kept us rallied and focused through the process of bringing the book to print.

“So if you’re undertaking an illustrated children’s book or a memoir, get a great guide like Wayne. There are so many “unknowns” that make it critical to have someone show you the way. Like life, writing a book is a journey!  Buen Camino!”

Buy “A Stone For Kayla” in hardback, paperback, or Kindle.