The Stonecutter


ISBN: 9780615320335
DIMENSIONS: 8.5 x 13

WILL HARNEY is an illustrator who graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2001, with honors and a recognition for Conceptual Clarity and Aesthetic Excellence. His projects have included phonics books for Marilyn Toomey at Circuit Publications, a Campus Map update for Yale University’s Divinity School in 2018, and currently enjoys New England landscape painting in pastels as a hobby. His family has a home in Fryeburg, Maine, and enjoys digging for amethyst crystals in his spare time, a hobby he shares with his father. He is inspired by wilderness and nature, and primarily works in gouache, dry pastel and watercolors. He currently lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts and works full time as an art director. View Will’s portfolio HERE

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An illustrated and cyclical folktale. The original author is unknown but is most likely a very old Taoist from China, telling the story of a local stonecutter who wishes to become different things in life, and ultimately finds being oneself is just as good as anything else in the world. The illustrator of the story originally dedicated it to his father, who mines and cuts gemstones locally in Maine. “Always Be Proud of Who You Are” is the overall message of the tale. The illustrations for this story were created over the course of three years, using a combination of watercolor and gouache (an opaque watercolor) on paper, using a fine brush.