As I have mentioned before in this blog, I met the science fiction author Joan Vinge at one of those UMass sci-fi events for which I did poster artwork back in the 1970's. As I recall, she was the featured guest at one of them, and I got to meet her and chat for a while. She was at that time expecting her first child (I think it was the first, anyway), and I did this drawing for a card that I made for her when she had the baby.
The friendly sea creatures with the baby are my interpretation of the author's "Mers", key characters in her book "The Snow Queen", which I read after meeting her and liked very much. -- PL