Monthly Archives: May 2017

New Stuff: Owl Magazine and the Cricket!

Owl Magazine has been doing some articles on various insects. These articles are both educational and humorous! I have learned so much myself about the unusual lives of some fascinating creatures! I am blessed to be a part of contributing to the visual aspect of these articles. Last time it was a spider, this time–a cricket! The Armored Ground Cricket, to be exact. The art director does an amazing job on the layout, and knows how to frame out the small & detailed spots I drew so it melds well! If you get a chance to read the article, you will be amazed at this little bug. Check out the May 2017 issue of Owl magazine for the complete article! More images, below.

 

So cool how the cricket is added to the logo on the cover!

Closeup.

This cricket has some unusual defensive moves to ward off predators, like making a loud, obnoxious noise…

…or throwing up. Then smears it on itself. Gross, eh? Blah!

Marching in their “armor”.

(c) OwlKids

Highlights HighFive Magazine Award Platter 2017!

What a great company Highlights is! They really love their illustrators and bless them with accolades and thanks! I noticed other illustrators who illustrate for Highlights were also the beneficiary of pewter plates this week, too! So I am sharing mine, along with the illustration it is denoting. It’s hard to read the inscription, but it says,

Highlights HighFive

Mini-Book Illustration of the Year

Paula J. Becker

“Busy Bunnies”

June 2016

I worked on the illustrations for this about 1 1/2 years ago (the magazine works several months ahead of publication). It was a really fun project, to depict each of the bunnies with their own personal interests and activities. So thank you, Highlights & HighFive! I appreciate the gift!