Some stuff I’m working on this month… .. .
It’s hard to believe that September is almost over! With that said, below are some glimpses of various projects I worked on this month.
This post looks a lot like the last one, I know! : ) Since this blog is primarily about work and illustration, I’m sharing what I have illustrated that is presently out in print. The following illustrations were created for a poem by Eileen Spinelli for Highlights’ High Five magazine (I illustrated another poem of hers in this poster). I had a lot of fun with this but struggled with the main girl somewhat in the rough stages (well, also the final)! She was deemed a bit “homely” in the roughs and I just couldn’t see it. In the end, it was surrounding her nose (I had it too large), and changing it to a more smallish, “button” nose did the trick (Thanks, Kelley!) Again, my thanks to Highlights (and High Five!) for the project!
I have a page spread illustration in this month’s (September ’13) issue of Highlights magazine. The poem is by author Karla Kuskin. The cover is by B. B. Sams, a great cartoonist-illustrator!
Thanks so much, Highlights!
Below are illustrations for a fun spread I did for Highlights magazine’s August ’13. The story (entitled “Bear and Max”, by Julie Dillemuth) is about a cat with two names as the consequence of acquiring two families–who don’t know about each other (someone I know calls a cat who does that “double-dipping”!). My thanks to Highlights for the pleasure to create the illustrations!
(copyright Highlights For Children)
I can’t believe it’s almost August! I hope your summer has been going well. For me, it has brought fun projects to work on, a few represented below with just some glimpses of the over-all projects.
We girls at Illustration For Kids put out a summer promo last week, selecting the theme “Ballet”! Below is the illustration I did for the postcard, along with another version. Please heck out our site and blog!
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:
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!
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!
It’s been a while since I’ve participated in Illustration Friday. It’s kind of a challenging prompt “Tribute”. Yesterday I was working outdoors and was thinking, it would be a nice “tribute” to spring to sketch a leaf. We are FINALLY seeing spring in these parts. With a series of 70-plus degree temperatures, spring has been just busting out all over!
When you sketch a leaf or flower, you notice things you wouldn’t when you admire it from afar, and the bulk of leaves on a tree. So I was appreciating how this leaf and the flower near it was constructed, the number of blades, the structure of the veins, the number of petals and pistols. I noticed, too, that I started impatiently to draw it, but quickly settled down to enjoy the process. And I’m so used to drawing on the computer, once I had the line drawing, I wanted to preserve that and make multiple copies to colorize, always having the original line drawing. Funny how that is. Oh, and what kind of tree is this…? I’m not sure, but the leaf looks like it might be a Maple of some sort.
Maybe this will encourage me to start sketching again. It’s been a long time.
Happy May, everybody! I’m working this week on some black and white images for a client’s curriculum (below). Fun stuff!
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