Illustration Friday: Toy

© 2011 Sylvia Liu
This is an illustration from a work in progress, a children's book about four rubber ducks awash at sea who encounter all sorts of marine debris. The story is inspired by a real event in 1992, when 29,000 plastic toys fell off a container ship in the Pacific Ocean. Pretty soon, people started finding the plastic ducks and other toys all over the world. They even made their way to the Atlantic Ocean via the Arctic Circle. Even years later, people would find the toys, allowing scientists to study the oceans' currents.