A few weeks ago I was asked to illustrate another Hidden Pictures cover for a special newsstand edition. A few of these are really challenging. Even some of my big kid friends were stumped trying to find all of the following: a saltshaker, a ladder, a hairbrush, a spool of thread, a lime, an artist's brush, a cinnamon bun, and a horseshoe.
The art director suggested the contrast of big and little, and I love that dynamic. Love.
Did I say this as a Valentine's issue? Yes, it's the day after Halloween and Christmas is over already.
I concentrated some on the strolling kitties a bit while sketching. I thought a question mark hidden in her tail would be fun but it turned out the editors were not too fond of that idea. But they loved the rest of it.
|The cover will look something like this.|
Did I say love?
On the heels of this one I was asked to contribute again to Ranger Rick magazine with a spot regarding the mating and dating habits of albatrosses. The color palette turned out to be very similar, which I think shows how one piece can influence the next, even though it happens subconsciously. Or maybe it is because the theme of Love just demands pink.
I collaged a photo of the Eiffel tower in, initially because the one I drew was looking wobbly and inadequate. After I did I was pleasantly surprised with the juxtaposition of elements and the blend of cartoon and photo. Bon Voyage!