Working with author Suzanne Schlosberg and Dr. Steve Hodges illustrating this medical children’s book about bedwetting and potty accidents was a stimulating creative collaboration that was also a lot of fun. I worked directly with Suzanne for a few months, coming up with the right visual images for text about a difficult and visually awkward subject – potty accidents.
Suzanne and Dr. Hodges hired me to create a hand painted series of illustrations that would be visually happy and friendly while instructing children about the medical problem of bedwetting and potty accidents. Dr. Hodges connects medical research about constipation in children to bedwetting and potty accidents. His protocols have been very popular with parents and children. One of the books goals is to take the shame and secrecy out of the subject and let kids know there is treatment and a cure.
I loved the artistic and creative challenges of this book and working with the author, Suzanne was a pleasure. We had a lot of interesting discussions about pee and poop, cultures around the world, medical illustrations and procedures. Working on a book that will change lives positively was a gift.
The original paintings are a mixture of acrylic and watercolor paints on Rives BFK 100% cotton paper with graphite and pen.
Bedwetting and Accidents Aren’t Your Fault: How Potty Accidents Happen and How to Make Them Stop, Perfect Paperback – November 24, 2014, by Steve Hodges (Author), M.D. (Author), Suzanne Schlosberg, Illustrated by Cristina Acosta
Read more about potty and bedwetting accident protocols at Dr. Rodgers’ site, It’s No Accident.