My portfolio needed a few black and whites, so I illustrated one of my favorite children's stories growing up, Momotaro, which means Peach Boy. My grandparents gave me the book Japanese Children's Favorite Stories, illustrated by one of my all time fave illustrator, Yoshisuke Kurosaki. I LOVED this book growing up. And what made my book even more special was that it was blessed by my grandparents buddhist priest. I would spend hours reading it and sometimes just staring at it.
I've always been intimidated by the beauty of the book and incredible talent of Kurosaki that I never even considered doing my own version of it, but it just kind of happened. I'm hoping I did it justice!