Wednesday, September 14, 2011


A recent illustration for Babytalk magazine. I call it "va-va-voom vs. va-va-womb." The concept was body confidence for new moms. This accompanied a tongue-in-cheek quiz for moms to assess their own ideas of perfection and body image. It was good to do some editorial illustration for a change, even with a fast turnaround.

art created 8-22-11

  And oddly, I kept saying I wanted to go to the beach, and then I got this assignment.  I guess this is in the department of "Be Careful What You Wish For."  Now I'm REALLY going to the beach... but don't tell anyone!


  It's not too late to go to the beach and look for shells in September. In sweatshirts. This spread for Ranger Rick went through several incarnations in sketch stage with a different title too, but  it finally came together.  An "aha!" moment came when I realized I could make little shell characters on the beach instead of  trying to fit in an identification drawing of shells as a separate teaching element. Anthropomorphic shells. I think Ms. Whelk and  Mr. Mussel are hitting it off.
  Another piece for Ranger Rick for a regular feature called "Be Out There". No earbuds or ipads; just sun, surf, sand and wildlife.  Donna Miller's great art direction. (Thanks for the hermit crab idea, Donna!)

art created 6-28-11

Media:  pastels, prismacolor and photoshop.

  Here it is in print:


  Actually; wait, be silly. Be very silly! I had a lot of fun doing this spread for 'Your Big Backyard" magazine. It was a chance to work simply and nonsensical. I drew the basic art in black prismacolor; scanned the image , changed the line color and added the rest of the color in photoshop.  Every time I look at this piece again I think "That fish needs a monocle!"
  The reproduction turned out great. I'd like to do more of this type of crazy imagery geared more toward younger kids.

art created 6-14-11

 I just found out that Mr. Fish has a great great uncle.
Artist unknown.