AppleSeeds Magazine Illustrations by Yong Chen

mountain zones illustration for AppleSeed children's magazine: Why the Kikuyu Love Mount Kenya

Children's magazine watercolor illustration for
Why the Kikuyu Love Mount Kenya

This watercolor painting as the illustration for Appleseeds, a children's magazine located in Peabody, New Hampshire.

In this watercolor illustration, I used two people as the symbols of mountain children and men, as two generations. I dipitched the portrait of an Kikuyu African man - a father told his son about how their generations have grown and lived on this mountain, the Mount Kenya, how they hunt for animals, fish in the rivers, love each other, nurtur their culture, and pass on from generation to generations.

The son, as the child, the coming generation who will bring this rich culture and love and pass onto the future generations. Yes, he listens, he promises, that he will just like his father, like all Kikuyu men and women, he will love Mount Kenya, its each plant, each grass, each rock, and each drop of water from its streams and rivers, love its Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter,

I tried to use this watercolor illustration painting tell the interesting story even without words. The story titled as Why the Kikuyu men and women Love Mount Kenya.

I use watercolor as my favorite medium for my children's books and children's magazine illustration.

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