August ’18: Lion, Beach Dogs, & Jazzy Elephant!

Just some recent illustrations, sketches and such.

August ’18: An Ogre, Ribbon Girl, Rhino Love, & More

I’m busily drawing many things–all fun, of course! Puzzles, mazes, spots for magazine articles, etc.! Below are some snippets of some of the projects I’ve worked on this summer. Happy August!

July ’18: “Cat Craze”–Kid’s Magazine Illustration

Here’s something from the July issue of Chirp magazine! It was a cat theme and I was also asked to do this two-page spread in a different style than the other “Cat Chat”. I really enjoyed painting all these cats doing fun, silly stuff. I hope the kids enjoyed the variety of “crazy cats, and that the puzzles were an added bonus to helping them in their cognitive growth!

Spread:

(c) Owlkids

July ’18: Independence Day/4th of July–Firecrackers!

Happy birthday, U.S.A!

July ’18: Canada Day–Beavers and Flags

It’s not quite July, but I’m getting this up a little early, as Canada Day falls on a Sunday this year. Like the blue beaver for the fete nationale, I like to do a red beaver for Canada day. Below is this year’s sketch, along with some past ones. Some of those must have been done over a decade ago. My style has changed (some) and I hope I’m better! So, Happy Canada Day/Bonne fete du Canada, y’all!

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(c) Paula J. Becker

June ’18: La Fete nationale du Quebec–Beavers and Flags

It’s holiday time in Canada and there are two that are celebrated on back-to-back weekends–St. Jean Baptiste Day & Canada Day. In Quebec, the former is a provincial holiday, also called La Fete nationale du Quebec. Over the years, I’ve had fun doing quick spot illustrations of a beaver carrying a flag, usually one for each holiday, and this year, I decided to do a fresh one, too! I also included some past examples. Bonne fete!

June 18: “Allison Is an Astronaut”

I had a load of fun working on this spread for the July 2018 issue of High Five magazine! This poem, “Allison Is an Astronaut”  by Barbara L. Scanian was such fun to create a scene for! Since I’ve been taking up star gazing again, I enjoyed recreating a solar system mobile, books about stars and planets, sketches that “Allison” drew, and that fun star background.  I’ve been using a bit of collage in my illustrations  again, seen on the floor and the star background. And besides the poem, this is a puzzle, too. Look for the letter “A” hidden throughout the illustration.

Such fun! It was great to work with Kelley Cunningham Lanuto on this! Thanks again, Kelley!

(c) Highlights/High Five magazine

June 18: “Cat Chat

This is a recent puzzle project for OwlKids’ magazine, Chirp! Very fun and I loved drawing the cats!

 

(c) OwlKids

May 18: Misc Illustration Samples–Doctor, Pirate, & Doggies!

May 18: Black & White Illustration Samples

April 18: “An Amazon Town” Puzzle Spread

Here’s something new! A really fun magazine spread, depicting an areal view of Presidente Figueiredo, Brazil, a town in the Amazon that is a big tourist destination! And I can see why. So many amazing things to do, from swimming in a river, hiking, going to caves, waterfalls, ziplining, etc.! After researching this area, and then drawing it, I really want to go! But for now, I’ll enjoy it through this illustration. I hope kids enjoy all the information they learn when they read and play the games on this jungle spread!

March 18: “Winter Fact or Fiction” (Owl Magazine)

Below is a really fun maze I did for Owl magazine, winter issue, illustrated in a more of painterly style than using more line.

Closeups, below:

(c) Owlkids

Feb18–Valentine’s on the Slopes!

A fun illustration I created for this year’s Valentine’s Day.

Some close-ups:

Jan18–Practice3: Pirate Kids, Snow Bunnies, & Goodnight, Kitty!

Some more random samples of practice sketches. It’s always a pleasure to just draw.

Jan18–Practice2: Mad Dogs, Sheep, Sweaters, & Astronauts!

More January practice drawings.