Everything starts with imagination. Everything! When you read a book, you create a “visual” world in your mind. The writer takes you to places you associate in your mind with things you have seen and with things you need to stretch your mind to imagine. As an illustrator, I like to get as close to the author’s imaginings of their world as I can, but it’s hard. Many times the illustrator and author are separated by a publisher. This makes a lot of sense since the process could get very complicated and take a long time if the relationship with the author and illustrator isn’t perfect. So, the publisher oversees the written work, as well as picking the artist to do the illustrating. For this project, I worked closely with the author, who I know and have a good friendship. Below is an example of how I worked with the author to fine-tune the illustration for chapter sixteen. The first two images show the pteranodon Pterrence, the boy Ib, and professor Delby in the background wrapped up in netting meant for Pterrence. This section of the book focuses on Pterrences red glowing eyes inches away from Ib, so I reworked the piece to have a more interesting top-down angle where Delby is seen in the background wrestling to free himself unaware of Ib’s current danger.