Cover for a school music book with classic rhymes, including This Old Man, Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, and Little Bo Peep.
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Sunday, October 2, 2016
An important book for girls growing up, The Period Book, is getting a much needed update and redesign from Bloomsbury. This book has sustained its popularity since its first printing in 1996. It was probably the second actual book I illustrated, and I could be a grandma to the girls it is reaching now, but that's cool. I recently completed the cover illustration, and I'll be working on some new interior illustrations next.
|First cover and a few interior illustrations|
Thursday, August 18, 2016
A short wandering today led me into my favorite indie bookstore, Mac's Backs... and BOO!-- I was surprised by a solitary copy of Hidden Pictures smack dab among the magazines. It was spooky fun doing this illustration a few months ago. Look for it at your local bookstore if you know some kids that are fans of puzzles. Tell them not to be afraid as they look for the scary hidden objects:
A cane, a drumstick, a fan, a comb, a bowling pin, a zipper, an envelope, a wristwatch, and a bone. Just kidding, there's no bone.
Monday, June 6, 2016
|What??!! OH NO!!!|
I was pleasantly surprised to get this boxful of books from Penguin Random House a few days ago. It was just released and available for purchase here.
I had previously illustrated two others books for this publisher, featuring the same characters, for their Step into Reading imprint.
This book, How NOT to Run for Class President, is for kids who are old enough to vote in their school elections, and can read paragraphs and simple sentences. Sentences like: "Don't forget to promise pizza and a movie every Thursday, " Steve whispered.
A brief synopsis:
Will is reluctantly running for class president against his more qualified classmate Chelsea. He is unexpectedly embarrassed by the enthusiastic but unsolicited campaign advice of Steve, his younger brother, who enlists the grass-roots support of his kindergarten friends. Hijinks and mayhem ensue, pets invade, and ultimately Chelsea wins. Will learns some lessons in the process yet Steve remains irrepressible.
Here are some of my favorites from the 29 illustrations.
| "Why don't you run, Will?"|
|Chelsea is running on a platform of reading to the kindergarteners.|
|Will thinks that's a bad idea.|
|Professional campaign posters, courtesy of Steve.|
|Steve promises: " If you vote for Will, you can bring your pets to school!"|
|Principal Smiley fails at crowd control. Amazingly, nobody gets injured. |
| One of Chelsea's most passionate supporters.|
|Behind the scenes.|
Monday, May 9, 2016
Monday, April 4, 2016
But now that two books are finished, one on the heels of another, I can say a few things are becoming clear : One: The ability to focus on art is a gift; it channels the mind/body into another world and in that sense is a meditation that can transcend pain. Two: I was very fortunate to have had cool clients and art directors who worked with me on the scheduling so that I did not have to abandon the work entirely because of a villainous tooth making an entrance into the story.
Sketches to come later for the tooth character, but for now, here's a few of my favorites featuring the unfair bear. Despite his role as a cheating jerk to the boy, he also became the hero I needed. For McGraw Hill, in their pre-K Social- Emotional program. Thanks for being incredibly supportive, Janet!
Monday, March 7, 2016
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
|Original art created with pastels, prismacolors and photoshop.|
A piece for a riddles page in Ranger Rick magazine for their May issue. I really got hungry doing this. I think Pupperoni and Muttzarella are good names for them, actually. The background is loosely based on our Little Italy here in Cleveland. Lettering by Jim Paillot. I'm getting hungry again. Ciao bella!