March 3, 2015

100 Watercolors #63 - Do Not Disturb

I had a lot of fun painting this one, especially the family members' outfits.  I had laid in a few colors, but didn't want things to get too busy, so I ended up treating it almost like a screenprint by trying to use all the possible combinations of yellow blue and orange.  I also like how the second layer of textured dots on the crocodile turned out.


Next week's theme: Multitasking!

February 26, 2015

2014 Recap: Highlights Magazine - Part 2

This week I'm continuing to post some of my work that was published in Highlights Magazine during 2014.  The following hidden picture drawings were published in the Eagle-Eye Hidden Picture series.

First up was a page and a half illustration of the Taj Mahal that ran in issue 25 (the fold was right between the main building and that right-most tower).  I was able to sneak my wife Claire and I into the left side of the illustration as a pair of tourists, even though we have never been to India.  Maybe someday!  (click to see it bigger).


Then, in issue 26 I drew another illustration for the Gabby's Journal feature, which follows a little girl as she travels around the United States of America with her family.  In this issue they visited the Walk of Fame is Hollywood, California.  I made sure to cram in as many cars as possible into this scene, to make it feel realistic.  Also you can see that I tried to feature the star of cartoonist Charles Schulz, which seemed appropriate, since I am a cartoonist too.


Next week we'll continue the tour of American landmarks that I drew for Highlights in 2014!

February 24, 2015

100 Watercolors #62 - Magic

When I color comics, I am very careful to not use any white in the panels, so that the white of the speech balloons provide the greatest contrast (ideally next to a character with some area of spot black).  Since there are no speech balloons in my illustrations, I have been trying to use more white, as an area of high contrast to pull the viewer's focus.

If I could have added a little speech balloon to this one, I would have had the fly saying "Ta da!!

Next week's theme: Do Not Disturb!

February 19, 2015

2014 Recap: Highlights Magazine - Part 1

Okay, last week I showed some of my work that was published in Highlights Magazine during 2013.  This week we have finally made it up to 2014.  The following hidden picture drawings were made for the Gabby's Journal feature in the Eagle-Eye Hidden Picture series, which follows a little girl as she travels around the United States of America with her family.

In issue 21 Gabby stopped by the Old North Church in Boston, Massachusetts.  Well, when I think of Boston, I think of my cartoonist pal Liz Prince who has lived in the Boston area as long as I've known her.  I decided to sneak her into my drawing, walking a dog.  In reality, it would be more likely that Liz would be hanging out with her cats Dracula and Wolfman, but I couldn't figure out a way to get them outside with her in this park!


In issue 24 Gabby and her family visited Arches National Park in Utah.  Both of these were a lot of fun to color because of the bright orange of the rocks and autumn leaves respectively.  


Next week we'll continue the tour of American landmarks that I drew for Highlights in 2014!


February 17, 2015

100 Watercolors #61 - Fairy Tale

Back when I grew my beard out for three and a half years, I had the idea to do a gender-swapped version of Rapunzel called "Beardpunzel."  I don't think I'll ever really get around to this idea, so for now, here's this image, which pretty much sums up the concept:


Next week's theme: Magic!