Category Archives: Samples

Owlkids/Chirp Spread: Cambodia Boat Festival

I have a illustration spread published in this month’s issue of Chirp magazine (June ’13). It was a very fun piece to do (as all these busy, festival pieces are)!  Challenges with this project was working out the rough on my laptop and Wacom tablet (verses my desktop and Cintiq), and deciding from what angle to best depict the boats, festival goers and fireworks.  Below is the cover and spread, from afar:


The first page:


And bits and pieces at random:



Editorial Art: “God’s Work, God’s Way”

This came in my mail yesterday–tear sheets! This was an illustration I did under the category of “editorial”. I enjoy this side of the business as I get to put my brain to work in a little bit different way in that I’m illustrating for adults, not children. The article itself is a nice read, about making your plans, but God directing your course (Proverbs 16:9 stuff, pretty much). I was happy with how this turned out. And I was drawing this at a time when Barbara Johansen Newman was promoting her latest book, Glamorous Glasses around the internet. I love her work, and so I wanted to add some “glamorous glasses” to my character, too!



Highlights Magazine: “Grandma’s Pickles”

I found this illustration I did up on the Highlights For Children‘s website the other day, and realized I’d forgotten about it:


(Copyright Highlights For Children)

It’s the illustration for a poem by Marileta Robinson. Can’t say I’ve ever had hot pickles! Have you? The little girl certainly is enjoying it, but not without some tears–albeit happy ones!

On The Drawing Board: Animals in Black & White

Happy May, everybody! I’m working this week on some black and white images for a client’s curriculum (below). Fun stuff!


April Stuff

This week’s work on the drawing board. All are works-in-progress and at the rough stage. A range of styles keeps things fresh!


Polar Bears, Baby Bears, Waiters & Octopuses

What do these things have in common? Nothing, really. Other than they are things I’ve been drawing the studio as of late. Below are just a sampling of illustrations that have been on my drawing board recently. Fun stuff, drawing octopuses getting married. Heh.


Easter 4 & Some Musings

And so I shall round out the week with  more rabbits. Or bunnies. Either/or.  And a rabbit/bunny pattern, to be exact.

Making patterns is enjoyable, I find, though that is an exercise I pretty much do on my own time, for my own projects. It’s a completely different approach to creating something visual. Whereas I’m usually doing something that creates or enhances a story, to just simply take an image–and related images–and play with juxtaposition, alignment, color, texture, etc., has a very liberating quality to it. No need to weave a narrative. I am free to just enjoy the design.


Easter 3

I love this pink bunny.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day


St. Patick’s Day Card

I forgot…St. Patrick’s Day is this Sunday, March 17th. It has me wanting to have something Irish for lunch. But I will settle for an avocado. That’s green, too!

Below is a St. Patrick’s Day greeting card I was commissioned to do a few years ago. I’ve never had green beer myself, but it looks pretty enough!


Easter 2

What is Easter without more bunnies?! This is from an Easter card I did last year. …And I just noticed he’s missing whiskers!


Easter 1

I love playing with the icons and images that surround holidays, and Easter is no exception. Being a cartoonist and humorous illustrator, images of bunnies, egg, chicks, baskets, etc. are my favorites to draw from this holiday. So I think I will be decorating my blog frequently with past and present images I am working on or are related to Easter. And I may throw spring into that mix. We shall see!

I begin with a bunny. This one is rather traditional in style and has a pattern and icons that compliment. Fun!


Take A Sound Walk

Here’s a fun illustration that was published in a recent Highlights’ High Five magazine (January ’13, I think). The activity looks like a lot of fun! Try it by yourself or with children! And, as always, my thanks to the great people at Highlights!




(Copyright Highlights for Children)

Free Valentine’s Day Greeting Card!

Yeppers, another freebie! And since cats are kinda a likeable image–Hee!–Here’s one with kitties showing love! Click on the image below for a pdf to print off. Be sure and follow the trim marks, etc. Thanks for coming by!

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Highlights Illustration: “Ribbon Dancer”

I am blessed to get requests for small spot drawings. This is one I forgot about, too, for the September ’12 issue of High Five magazine. This little girl was for an activities segment and entitled “Make a Ribbon Dancer”. I’m half inclined to make one myself, it looks like so much fun!




(copyright Highlights For Children)