“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.