Highlights Mag Illustration: “Bringing Music To Life”

Here’s a spot I did in the recent issue of Highlights magazine (March ’12). Part of it even made the cover (speaking of, nice cover there by Tim Foley!). I’m being silly with the “Lookity!” comment, but it is cool to see it displayed on the cover.

Below is the final spread. I knew the AD planned to drop it on a color background so I had to think about that.

Below: The first round of roughs I sent of the kids with NO instruments! Not sure what I was (or wasn’t thinking) at this point. I was more concerned with how I wanted to show the kid-conductor and the orchestra. I think I thought I was doing a choir. Silly me.

Below: After the AD kindly pointed out the need for instruments and notes, I went back and reworked it. Much better, yes?

Below: The above rough was approved and I didn’t deviate much from the rough. Only a few changes to the kids and cleaned it up. But I wanted the line work to be loose and easy and not over-worked, which I think I achieved. It’s usually something I feel inside me as other people can never tell when I over-work a project.  My thanks again to Cindy for the project, her patience and the fine job she does/did with the magazine!

6 Responses to Highlights Mag Illustration: “Bringing Music To Life”
  1. Steven
    March 13, 2012 | 5:50 pm

    Congrats! Looks great!

  2. Paula
    March 16, 2012 | 10:50 am

    Thank you, Steven!

  3. Sue
    March 16, 2012 | 1:51 pm

    What a fun, lively piece. I love the way the final looks so fresh & spontaneous!

  4. paula
    March 19, 2012 | 8:58 am

    Thanks, Sue!

  5. Catherine Buckets
    March 19, 2012 | 3:41 pm


  6. Paula
    March 20, 2012 | 9:52 am

    Thanks, Catherine!