Monthly Archives: October 2017

New Stuff: Halloween Maze Illustration!

This fun maze I illustrated is in the October 2017 issue of OWL magazine. Wow, was this fun (and intricate!) to create! When I do mazes, I also have to work out the routes, then I can build the rest on top of that. I love how this came out, if I may say so myself! I was surprised how nice all the details printed. A big thanks to all on the art directing and editing I got from OWL! They do a great job of making sure things look as good as they can! So try the maze and see how you do!

(c) OWLkids

Halloween 17 Promo Illustration

It’s Halloween time again! It’s always fun to draw images about ghosts, vampires, witches–especially if they are made cute and for kids!

This image was for a Halloween promo for my rep, Tugeau2. The prompt was to illustrate a “Halloween Parade”. Above is the final illustration, and below are some closeups. I also included some early stages of working on this, including the first sketch (digital and in color), along with some comps and color variations. As I worked on this, I inserted some off-hand, random copy of a story line, just to consider how that could fit on the page. Overall, it was a lot of fun to work on and develop. I would still make some changes, I think. I would go back and re-develop what’s happening in the window of the big house, among other things. It wasn’t thought through entirely as I worked on the piece, and in the end, I had about ten ideas! And as much as I like the shading on the figures, I am inclined to rework that so it doesn’t feel so polished. That is a hard line to not cross sometimes, and hard to discern if you’ve been hovering over a piece for hours!

New Stuff: “Here’s The Reason God Made Me” Illustrated Board Book

Hey all! Here’s a recently published item–a board book for Group Publishing, entitled, “Here’s The Reason God Made Me”! Written by Mikal Keefer, the story features a bee named Abbee and his parents. It’s short and sweet, and I wanted to add sweet illustrations, too, to add to the story line. Below are some samples. You can find the book here.

(c) Group Publishing, Inc.