ABILENE, Texas (KTAB / KRBC) – The children’s art and literacy festival kicks off Thursday, but planning and preparation has been going on for some time.
Manny De Los Santos is responsible for creating a room inspired by the book Night Song by Ari Berk and illustrated by Loren Long.
With every stroke of the brush and every drop of paint, De Los Santos wanted to bring Long’s drawings from the pages of the book to the walls of the room.
He says he wanted to make them “as close as possible to the style Lauren has there, which is actually quite difficult to do. If I had to draw a bat, I wouldn’t draw it that way, but we want it to match the book, ”De Los Santos said.
The process was not easy, however, and he said he had to think outside the box to make it happen.
“It’s a different kind of book, not a lot of super bright color, not a lot of vibrant color on the pages, it’s a lot of darkness, then showing the light over it.” So I was like ‘Wow, it’s a big challenge to create that same atmosphere, but in real life,’ ”he said.
De Los Santos took 27 panels of textured paper that look like the spine of the book and got to work, each piece of art bringing readers face to face with the story of Night Song and making De Los Santos dream. a reality.