Illustrating | Ray-Ray

horse and umbrella picture

A Horse Named Ray-Ray is a collection of stories about the special bond between girls and horses, and highlights a few of the many challenges of competitive trail riding. Imagine keeping your horse calm as you’re handed an open umbrella, riding through bouncing balloons, or over a flapping tarp.

I wanted these images to express trust and teamwork, joy and friendship. I also wanted to show the diversity of the riders and horses that come from all over the world to participate. The illustrations were sketched and storyboarded in pencil first, and then finished in Photoshop.

jumping horse

cover art

The author’s sister, Jenn, rode horses when she was young, but suffered a brain aneurysm as an adult. It was her brother’s creation and repetition of these stories that helped in restoring her memory.

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Proceeds help offset the cost of Jenn’s recovery.