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Mouse and Elephant

Posted: January 22nd, 2010 | Author: Todd | Filed under: illustration, local twin cities, output | Tags: , | 2 Comments »

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I recently had the opportunity to do some illustrations for Allina Hospitals (specifically Unity and Mercy in Anoka County) to support a book they are producing. The book provides guidance to adults who are newly diagnosed with cancer with strategies and understand to aid them in talking about their condition with the children in there lives. As such I hope you never get to see this book – I wish no one needed to. But I’m glad to have contributed a little to helping those in such a difficult situation.

In the illustrations the idea of the cancer present in a loved one is represented by the elephant while the child is represented by the mouse. The flower offered by the elephant is eventually accepted by the mouse as the series progresses and symbolizes an acceptance of the idea of the cancer which leads to an ability to begin to understand it. At first the mouse does not want to let the elephant into its life. Once it does it is confused by its nature. As the two attempt to come to terms they grapple with barriers to understanding but eventually persistence pays off and a relationship is possible. So, a happy ending at least.


2 Comments on “Mouse and Elephant”

  1. 1 Tim Wong said at 3:54 pm on February 2nd, 2010:

    These look amazing! It’s hard to imagine any improvements on your drawings…

  2. 2 Todd Zerger said at 11:34 pm on February 2nd, 2010:

    Thanks Tim. That means a lot coming from such a talented artist. I totally owe you a phone call – been crazy swamped this month – but I’m anxious to hear how your own illustrations are going.