Children’s Workbook Project


In April, I had a project involving a series of spots for Quarasan publishing. In previous years, this client dealt with me through an agent that I had at the time, but since I hadn’t heard from her in a number of years, these were handled directly by me. I don’t remember what these illustrations were about, but I can surmise that a few of them were some sort of rhyme scheme (goat in a boat, frog on a log, etc). A number of them seemed to have something to do with classic fairie tales (goldlocks, three pigs, etc). Since I don’t remember what kind of contract I signed when I did these, I probably won’t be offering these up as reprints, but include them here for historical purposes.

I last drew ‘goldilocks and the three bears’ a number of years earlier for a children’s book for a different publisher. I tried not to make them look too similar to the previous incarnation, but looking back at them now, I think they look remarkably similar.

Not crazy with how the wolf turned out in this ‘three little pigs’ illo, I think I went a little too realistic with him. The pigs turned out cute, though.

This cartoon style got a lot more usage back in the early years, but it has sort of dwindled down, and scratchboard has taken over as my primary bread and butter style. Perhaps due to a decrease in the amount of ‘children’s publishing’ work that I’ve been taking in over the past few years. I should probably design a postcard that features this style, if I want to get back to doing more of this kind of work.

I tried to give all of these illustrations a similar background color, in order to tie them all together. I think it may have been a mistake, though. The overabundance of yellow gets to be a bit much after a while.

Cartoons in May

Consumer Reports, Gemini Publications, Metro Detroit Parent, Newsday, Quarasan

The above illustration and the one below were both for an east coast newspaper client in May of ’99. The one above was about working mothers, and I’m not sure what the one below was about (playing with your kids?).

The above four spot illustrations were the beginning of an extended project that stretched over the next three months for a midwest publisher, through my agent. I was one of several illustrators hired for this particular project, and I never quite learned what book these were published in. Also this month, for my agent, was the illustration below for a Michigan regional parenting publication.

The illustrations above, below and to the right were all for a local regional publication (where my wife was working at the time). The one above was for a humor article about experiences on the ‘comedy tour’ by a young comedian. The one to the right was about working mothers, and the one below was about protecting yourself as you surf the internet.

The following two illustrations were both for ‘puzzle page’ illustrations in the same children’s magazine. I don’t quite remember the story behind either one.

Children’s Book Project (for a ‘Name’ Author, no less)


Had a book project this month for a fairly well known children’s author. This was for a series of ‘young reader vocabularly’ paperbacks, and was technically a job through my agent (for Quarasan Publishing), although the job actually came about through some networking that my brother did in Chicago, through a restaurant he was working in at the time (where he met the author). None of the original art was returned at the end of the project, and the only original I have from the book was an early sample version that I had done that never got used (the ‘bathroom scene’ below). The rest of the samples posted here are scans made from a complimentary copy of the book I have from my collection.

Used copies of the book can still be found on Amazon for very reasonable rates (link here)