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Sonam’s Surprise

Author: Nikki Nichols


Sonam’s Surprise takes readers on a captivating journey filled with suspense, warmth, and cultural richness. Set against the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas, the narrative unfolds as Sonam, a young and curious Sherpa boy, who loves drawing pictures, prepares for an unexpected and mysterious mission to meet the king of Nepal. —Tshiring Jangbu Sherpa, Nepalese author, International Mountain Guide, Everest expedition leader, Kathmandu, Nepal

Another great middle grade project to work on with author Nikki Nichols. The main challenges with this cover were to convey dynamic action and to stay true to the Nepalese environments, as this is based off the author’s own journey through Nepal. The main protagonist being an artist, I chose to illustrate with a texture-heavy brush to simulate the oil pastels that he uses to illustrate his journey through the mountains.

Final Front Cover
Full wrap illustration
Final Sketch with Rough Color Comps.