drawing of mouse in boat made of leaves with acorns

Personal work: Montague Mouse in Colors

In order to give my portfolio more of a turn towards children’s book illustration, I set out to create a selection of spot illustrations in 2013. The most successful were three drawings of a little Mouse character who following a suggestions from followers my Facebook page was named Montague Mouse.

I really like the character and I hope to be able to write a story around him once my schedule clears up a little.

I imagine Montague Mouse is a skittish little fellow with a deep love of acorns, perhaps he was raised by a lone Squirrel, but now someone is trying to steal his acorns and so he must set out of a grand adventure to save them.

I have recently colored in one of the illustrations to use for promotion mailers for children’s book publishers. I will write a more in detail blog post about how to put together a solid promotion mailer when I receive my newly ordered postcards.

If you enjoy Montague Mouse, I do have limited edition, signed prints of the black and white version of Montague Mouse and the great Acorn Escape available in my Etsy store for $10 a piece. I also have the original drawings up for sale.

drawing of mouse in leaf boat with acorns

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this little look at Montague Mouse in colors.

Kiri Østergaard Leonard

Award winning Illustrator, Artist and Creator Kiri Østergaard Leonard happily shares her experiences making a living as an artist and pursuing a creative life. She grew up in a tiny village in Denmark, left her country behind to pursue art in the bustle of New York City and now resides in the delightful weirdness of Austin, Texas surrounded by sunshine and felines.


  • Peej

    05.02.2014 at 21:31 Reply

    If you ever illustrate a critter-type tarot, this guy has GOT to be in it! I looked at him and immediately thought “Cool tarot card!” It’s not, of course, but I can see it in a deck for sure.

    • Kiri

      06.02.2014 at 08:38 Reply

      I like that idea, that would be really cute.

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