Making Silhouettes for One April in Boston

Profile Shades — An ancient art brought into the present

Silhouette of illustrator Cortney Skinner at the age of 5 in 1955.

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About This Blog

The Spyglass Blog was created to mark the 20th anniversary of the children’s book One April in Boston. Here the author and illustrator share the stories behind the illustrations, give insight into the artistic process, and introduce related artwork Ben Edwards shares on his Walking Boston private tour.


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