Something New! Valentine's Spread Illustration

This was an illustration created for a kids’ magazine this last year. It just recently got my complimentary copy so posting a bit late, as you can see! But what a fun piece to work on! This was memorable to me because I worked on the colorizing while watching game 3 of the 2018 World Series. That game was 7 1/2 hours long, and I got a lot of work done! The Dodgers eventually eked out a win against the RedSox (3-2), but went on the lose the series to them. Second year to lose in a row. Poor Dodgers. But what fun to work on this piece while watching!

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Something New! Highlights Puzzle--Check-Double-Check

It’s always a treat and privilege to do some work for the amazing Highlights magazine! I was given the task of doing a puzzle depicting a bicycle race across the African Savanna—with animals bicycling, of course! I had such a fun time illustrating these cute characters! Then I made subtle changes to the same illustration, which is the fun part—to find the differences! See if you can, too, if you will!

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4th of July '19 -- A Marching Band!

Sometimes it’s fun to play with old images. I experimented with a washy, watercolor style a number of years ago. I still like many of the pieces I did. This one seemed fitting for an Independence Day illustration, so I made it into a pattern. Happy 4th of July, everybody!

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Something New! Dragon Boat Race Illustration

I created this illustration for “A Boat Race” for Chirp magazine June ‘19 issue. This fun magazine spread is both informative AND fun! There are several puzzles and games to play as you learn (Kids as well as adults!) I went with line art for this, since I had to get 20 people in each boat—plus the people on the side watching and waving for their favorite dragon boat! See if you can solve the puzzles!

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Something New! Magazine Spread: Kids' Orchestra

Something new for Click magazine’s March 2019 “Music” issue—A full-blown kids orchestra. I played the trombone myself so it was fun to revisit drawing trombones, as well as other instruments. I hope the kids learn a lot from this article, and find they want to learn to play an instrument themselves! Images from the spread are below.

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Magazine Illustration: "Cat Craze"

Here’s something for Chirp magazine! It was a cat theme and I was also asked to do this two-page spread in a different style than the other “Cat Chat”. I really enjoyed painting all these cats doing fun, silly stuff. I hope the kids enjoyed the variety of “crazy cats, and that the puzzles were an added bonus to helping them in their cognitive growth!

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Magazine Illustration: "Creepy Corn Maze"

This fun maze I illustrated is in the October 2017 issue of OWL magazine. Wow, was this fun (and intricate!) to create! When I do mazes, I also have to work out the routes, then I can build the rest on top of that. I love how this came out, if I may say so myself! I was surprised how nice all the details printed. A big thanks to all on the art directing and editing I got from OWL! They do a great job of making sure things look as good as they can! So try the maze and see how you do!

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Magazine Illustration: "An Amazon Town"

Here’s a really fun magazine spread, depicting an areal view of Presidente Figueiredo, Brazil, a town in the Amazon that is a big tourist destination! And I can see why. So many amazing things to do, from swimming in a river, hiking, going to caves, waterfalls, zip-lining, etc.! After researching this area, and then drawing it, I really want to go! But for now, I’ll enjoy it through this illustration. I hope kids enjoy all the information they learn when they read and play the games on this jungle spread!

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Magazine Illustration: "Allison is an Astronaut"

I had a load of fun working on this spread for the July 2018 issue of High Five magazine! This poem, “Allison Is an Astronaut”  by Barbara L. Scanian was such fun to create a scene for! Since I’ve been taking up star gazing again, I enjoyed recreating a solar system mobile, books about stars and planets, sketches that “Allison” drew, and that fun star background.  I’ve been using a bit of collage in my illustrations  again, seen on the floor and the star background. And besides the poem, this is a puzzle, too. Look for the letter “A” hidden throughout the illustration.

Such fun! It was great to work with Kelley Cunningham Lanuto on this! Thanks again, Kelley!

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Magazine Spots: Rhinoceros Rescue!

Written on September 24, 2018 by Paula in Cartoons & Comics, General Illustration, Samples

These really fun spot illustrations were created for a magazine article about rhino conservation. I learn a lot when I do these types of jobs, so I appreciate the project in more ways than one! I’m happy to be a part of helping animals and the conservation of our world!

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