ABC CORAL REEF
ABC Coral Reef is a children’s book project that I conceptualized and created in 2002 – 2004 as my thesis project for my Master of Fine Arts degree from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA.
My inspiration to write and illustrate this book developed from my experiences snorkeling in the Philippines wherein I first discovered the magnificent beauty of marine life in the Pacific Ocean. In 1990, I started painting the “Marine Dreams” underwater series that premiered at the Hiraya Gallery in Manila in 1992, capturing the rapidly eroding Philippine eco-treasure that I wanted to make the public aware of. I decided to write and illustrate the “ABC Coral Reef” to teach children the beauty of the coral reefs and tropical marine life in the Pacific Ocean.
The initial sketches were done in pencil and the final whimsical illustration were executed in color using watercolor, gouache and color pencil on Arches 140 lb. watercolor paper to display fish in their natural environment. I wrote it using alliteration style (a stylistic poetic device in which a number of words, having the same first consonant sound, occur close together in a series of a sentence). For example:
Letter A – Annie anemone fish is an awesome artist.
Letter B – Butterfly fish blow bubbles before breakfast.
Letter C – Chris the crab cuddles Carol clownfish.
A glossary at the back of the book provided extra information on the various fish, fauna, and flora words.
ABC Coral Reef was self-published in 2012 as a paperback and launched at the Marunouchi Gallery, New York City during Dee’s 4 man group show.