Category Archives: General Illustration

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!

New Stuff: HighFive Magazine Hidden Picture

Something new, in the May 2017 issue of HighFive magazine! It’s always a pleasure to do these for Highlights!

Easter ’17–Bunnies, Bunnies, Bunnies!

Fresh Off the Drawing Board: Dinos, Etc.

I just completed two projects with different styles. Both were very different to execute, however equally fun! Below are some closeups and cropped samples. More later when they’re in print!

New Stuff: Highlights Magazine Spots

Some spots I created for Highlights magazine’s March 2017 issue.

(c) Highlights for Children

On the Drawing Board: Bunnies & Bunnies

An experimentation with some ways to depict these bunnies keeping warm in their little home…

New Stuff: Owl Magazine & the Spider!

The March 2017 issue of Owl Magazine has a fascinating article by John Crossingham on the Peacock Spider. One fun thing about working on projects is what I end up learning! I had never heard of such a creature, and to read the story of this fascinating little spider was a bonus. I’m sharing the cover & spread, below, along with cropped versions of the spots in the layout. Take some time to read about this little creature! It’ll amaze you!


(c) Owlkids

On The Drawing Board: Kids Reading, Kids Playing

These are some glimpses of a new project that’s nearing the finish line. Very fun to work on, too!

On The Drawing Board: Bees, Bugs, Teacher, Students!

Some things I’ve been working on this month…


Happy New Year, 2017!

Just a little illustration to kick off the new year…


I was mucking around with this and tried several styles and backgrounds. Below is an earlier version. This kind of playing around can go on forever, as you know. You learn to say, “It’s/I’m done now” at some point.

That goes for a lot of things in life, eh? : )

Have a happy and productive 2017, all!


Christmas ’16 Mishmash 2

More “Christmas past”.


Christmas ’16 Mishmash 1

A throwback of older Christmas-related images, just for reflection.


Happy Thanksgiving 2016!


Fresh: Books & Such

These are some snippets of illustrations I did for a book, recently published. Fun style to work in and a fun book to do! More details on the book later!




Happy Halloween 2016!