Author Archives: Paula

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.

 

Jan18–Practice1: Kittens, Mittens, Sad Clouds, & Wends

I’m going to try something new for 2018–and hopefully beyond. I want to draw everyday….something.  This is to work on my skills, work out an idea, sketch a scene…Just something! With that said, the above is a conglomerate of dailies I have already done this January. Each has a reason (or multiple reasons) for being created. Anyway, may the creativity begin!

Merry Christmas! Happy Holiday! Season’s Greetings! ’17

Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday!

Christmas ’17 Time Is Here!

It’s closing in an the Christmas/holiday time, and I thought I’d post this grouping of Christmas illustrations. Each illustration was created for various projects, most self-promotional. Anyway, I thought it festive and appropriate for the season! Happy Holiday!

New Stuff: Click Magazine “Let’s Party!” Spread!

Something new! A magazine spread for Click magazine’s “Happy Birthday” issue! So fun to work on (I LOVE to do a busy, crowded scene!) and it turned out real nice in print. There’s a second spread with pull-outs from the first one, so I had to take care that where these were on the spread would also fit in the designated areas on spread 2. Thanks again, Click magazine!

Close-ups, below:

(c) CLICK magazine

Fall 2017–Mother, Daughter and Leaves

Here’s something I did for a fall 2017 promotional for Tugeau2. The prompt was “toddler” and “fall”. I experimented with this a lot, from the eyes on the people to now to do the leaves on the ground. In the end, I tried some collage. The sky is from a photo of a sunset I took (not apparent at all, I know), and the leaves are from a photo I took as well. I thought it added interest to the illustration in a way drawing the leaves couldn’t.

And a cropped version….

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