I don’t know, something about badgers protecting their treasures in a mountain sure caught my imagination in elementary school. I also remember really loving this cover as a kid. I think as children, when we’re least likely to understand the technical qualities of the art we like, we especially appreciate what strikes us as sublime. But maybe that’s for another conversation.
On a technical note, I’m trying to apply recent things I’ve learned about watercolors/colored inks/ink washes/opaque white here as well as theory about color value from my prof. Alec Longstreth. I still have some things to learn for sure, but it’s getting more fun, which is probably a good sign.