The Ones We’re Meant to Find is one of my favorite reads from May. It so perfectly manages to balance SF and suspense with a grounded, and mysterious, sister relationship. I knew I wanted to do some hand lettering (wow am I rusty at it) for this gorgeous book.
Cee awoke on an abandoned island three years ago. With no idea of how she was marooned, she only has a rickety house, an old android, and a single memory: she has a sister, and Cee needs to find her.
STEM prodigy Kasey wants escape from the science and home she once trusted. The eco-city—Earth’s last unpolluted place—is meant to be sanctuary for those commited to planetary protection, but it’s populated by people willing to do anything for refuge, even lie. Now, she’ll have to decide if she’s ready to use science to help humanity, even though it failed the people who mattered most.
You can find a whole bunch more info, including a schedule, on Paola’s blog! Just a reminder that, without my permission, you aren’t allowed to reproduce, or distribute, the art below.
The ocean is obviously a huge part of The Ones We’re Meant to Find and while my ocean wave is not nearly as gorgeous as the cover, this was my attempt!
One of my favorite color moments from the cover is the light pink and peachy tones from the sky. This was my attempt to both highlight that ethereal natural color, with the teal and surf of the ocean. As you can see I found a fabulous brush that made this ‘sea stone’ effect that I became obsessed with.
I had the idea for this late one night and thought wouldn’t it be cute to have seashells? I’m not sure how it ended up working, because when I wanted to do a million little ones, it ended up looking WAY too cluttered, but I ended up liking the look – almost like someone was writing messages in the sand.
About the Author
Joan He was born and raised in Philadelphia but still will, on occasion, lose her way. At a young age, she received classical instruction in oil painting before discovering that storytelling was her favorite form of expression. She studied Psychology and East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Pennsylvania and currently writes from a desk overlooking the Delaware River. Descendant of the Crane is her debut young adult fantasy. Her next novel, The Ones We’re Meant to Find, will be forthcoming from Macmillan on May 4th, 2021.