Children’s Workbook Project

Quarasan

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.


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Quarasan

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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). One of the first instances where I was starting to regret working with an agent. I would have preferred giving the agent fee to my brother.

Out of print as of this writing (2018), but a few used copies can still be found here and there.

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. All the samples in this post are photographs taken of the book itself.

Above you can see the front cover, and the front/back spread when opened up. Below are the interior pages, including the frontispiece.

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