Sarah Wilkins
Like the Ocean We Rise

Children's Publishing

Commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
I was commissioned to illustrate a book about climate change which also celebrates the international youth movement. I approached the hard-hitting topics in a diverse, colourful and uplifting way in order to inspire and empower children. I chose a visual tone that deliberately avoided frightening or depressing imagery that is sometimes used when communicating climate change to young children.

How was the illustration used:
The illustrations were published in a picture book that introduces the concepts of climate change to young children, coupled with the story of the international youth movement. It's intended use is to help children understand and engage with these concepts. The book also is intended as a tool for adults to have discussions with children—it provides the facts but also the hope for our future

How did you make this work:
I used a combincation of gouache, inks and digital techniques to create these images.

Commissioner Name :
Nicola Edwards
Commissioner Company :
Little Tiger
Commissioned for:
Little Tiger

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Currently Based:
New Zealand

Sarah Wilkins is a New Zealand born illustrator working globally for the publishing, advertising and design worlds. She uses a mix of acrylic, gouache, ink and digital techniques to create her distinctive work. Selected clients include L.A. Times, Barnes Noble, UNESCO, United Airlines, Time Inc., Pfizer, The Smithsonian, Walker Books, Penguin Random House, Macmillan, Boston Globe