Samples: Quebec Carnival Spead for Owlkids

Hello, hello! Or I should say “Bonjour!”, given the spread I am displaying below is of the winter carnival (Carnaval de Quebec) held in Quebec City, Quebec each winter. I illustrated this for the December 2011 issue of Chirp magazine this past summer. It was a fun albeit intricate piece to pull together. And if you are familiar with the carnival, you may notice a key figure missing–Bonhomme Carnaval. This was due to copyright issues, so generic clowns took his place in the end. But I did include the beautiful Le Chateau Frontenac, in the upper right part of the spread.

So below is the original spec/sketch from the client…

…And the final spread (after shuffling and moving things around) in the magazine. For a larger view, please click on the image.

And a few random close-ups, below.

(copyright Owlkids, 2011)



11 Responses to Samples: Quebec Carnival Spead for Owlkids
  1. Gary Bowen
    January 4, 2012 | 12:03 pm

    Nice to see the detail, has a hint of Lynn Johnston in it. It must be a huge toile to get that level of detail… love it.

  2. paula
    January 4, 2012 | 12:25 pm

    Thanks, Gary! It does give one’s chops a work out, for sure!

  3. Lil
    January 4, 2012 | 12:48 pm

    I like your version much better. 😉

  4. paula
    January 4, 2012 | 1:35 pm

    Lil: Did Lyn Johnston do a version…? I am missing something here. As usual. : ] Oh, and thanks!

  5. Lil
    January 4, 2012 | 4:29 pm

    I like yours better than the client sketch, though you seem to have omitted Bonhomme Carnaval

  6. paula
    January 4, 2012 | 4:38 pm

    Ah. Got it. : ) And, yes…Bonhomme couldn’t make it to the party due to copyright restrictions. Bummer.

  7. Katie McDee
    January 9, 2012 | 5:04 pm

    You always rock the party, Paula. So awesome.

  8. Mary Jane
    January 10, 2012 | 8:08 pm

    Wonderful work as always. I don’t know how you do it! Eye candy illustrations for kids.

  9. paula
    January 16, 2012 | 10:05 am

    Much thanks for your kind comments, Katie & Mary Jane! I appreciate it!

  10. Bill Basso
    March 7, 2012 | 11:36 pm

    A marvelous illustration and portfolio. So fresh and breezy – can’t help but smile.

  11. Paula
    March 8, 2012 | 11:18 am

    Thank you, Bill!