What could be a better tribute than to be a reader of Beatrix Potter's books? I remember loving her stories and pictures as a kid and my son now loves them too.
As far as the illo goes, I intended for this kid to be hispanic or from india, but it didn't quite come out that way, did it? I was also experimenting around with his hair and the background (I've checked out a bunch of watercolor books from the library). Overall, I am pleased with the way it turned out.