Mariko Jesse
COPE Floods picture book

Children's Publishing

Commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
I’m working on a series of picture books for children, that teach them how to prepare for, and deal with, natural disasters. Last year I was asked to create the illustrations for a book about floods, and to make the illustrations striking and educational, but most importantly, fun and appealing.

How was the illustration used:
The illustrations were used as full double page spreads throughout the picture book. They were also used on the COPE website and in the social media accounts for the COPE team, to promote the brand, and educate kids about disaster preparedness.

How did you make this work:
I drew the illustrations in black ink with a dip-pen, scanned them, and in Photoshop added textured areas of colour to the characters, and anything that was directly related to the story. The rain was added as separate layers. I wanted to be able to focus the reader’s attention onto specific things with colour. The backgrounds remained in black and white.

Commissioner Name :
Martha Keswick
Commissioner Company :
COPE Disaster Champions

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Mariko is an illustrator and printmaker. She studied at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, where she also went on to be an Associate Lecturer. Mariko’s commercial clients include Tiffany & Co., VOGUE, and the Mandarin Oriental hotel group, and she created the permanent interior artwork for an entire subway station in Hong Kong. Her speciality subjects are travel and food. Mariko is currently based in Tokyo, and splits her time between California, Asia and London.