I almost forgot…Slowly but surely!
Posting some work from a while back, a personal project. I wanted to do an alphabet. The never-ending question for me is in regards to style: Cartoony? Stylized? Loosy-goosy-esque? (Whatever THAT means!). But in time, place and history, I made it look like this. So without further ado, I give you the letter “A”, featuring an alligator eating and apple, of course!
Here’s something new that came in last week. I did a spread for Chirp magazine’s June 2014 issue, entitled, “Soccer In New Zealand”. It depicts a youth soccer tournament held in New Zealand called “Jambo”. I had a lot of fun putting this together, from depicting flags and soccer players from various countries. It has various puzzles to play, including finding things in the picture, as well as spotting balls that are NOT used in soccer. Off to the far bottom right are a few little informational facts about New Zealand. After drawing this, I hope to someday visit the country myself!
I’m working on and finishing up a few projects, and all have a dog or dogs. Also, in different styles. Below are clips from the final or working toward final illustrations.
That’s a long title, but it says it all…kinda. This is one of many hidden picture puzzles I did this past year for Highlights. What a challenge, to hide 30 objects in a spread! Some are hard to find, others… obvious (Can you find some…?). But this is a fun story to tell in one picture–a children’s choir/production underway with parents, siblings and teachers helping and enjoying the show! There are little stories within the story so I hope that makes it much more enjoyable for kids to linger over as they try to find the hidden objects!
This magazine sample came the other day, of the fun Mother’s Day puzzle illustration I worked on for a back-page of Clubhouse Jr. I had a lot of fun with this. I worked in a bit of a tighter style using a very thin line. I’m really pleased with how the final printed piece turned out. And the raccoons still make me smile! Below are some photos of the final art.
I’ve been working on a lot of large, busy pieces lately, and here’s one of the latest. I think it’s pretty easy to figure out what the scene is by the snippets, yes…? : )
Below are some glimpses of hidden picture illustrations either published or fresh off the drawing board. These are a challenge but really fun to do!
Well, here we are at the tail-end of February, with March (along with spring!) coming up in a few days. So I wanted to share the project I worked on a few months back–the cover for Highlights’ HighFive’s March ’14 cover! It’s presently out and about (I saw it in a local magazine shop a few days ago). Below is a photo I took of the final, printed cover, then the actual illustration, sans copy, etc., as well as a close-up of the kids. Below that are some of the rough cover concepts I submitted. My thanks to Highlights for letting me be a part of making their magazine a fun read for kids!
Here’s a puzzle for a magazine back cover I did showing penguins playing in a park of sorts. This was in a January ’14 issue, I believe. See if you can find these objects “hidden” in the scene: an ice cream scoop; an ice cream cone; a mug; a pine cone; a red cardinal; a snow shoe hare; a mitten; a wool sock; ski goggles; a snow boot. I also have some close ups, if that helps.
This fun illustration was created for the back page puzzle of Focus on the Family’s Club House Jr. magazine’s December ’13 issue. It sure fits the season and climate, though by late January, winter has gotten long in the tooth for those in the more colder climates. Brrrr! So this is a hidden picture puzzle, with all the letters that spell “Joy to the world” scattered throughout. I’m not sure you can find them all at the smaller scale, but do have fun trying!
I enjoy doing editorial illustrations for this client, where I take the freedom to explore and push my style a bit. Here’s another sample of one, recently published. Again executed in Painter 11 with the digital watercolors.
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