Here are some storybook pages from my latest piece ‘Go to Bed Ted’. It was illustrated for a friend of mine who, like me, still sleeps with his teddy bear. I secretly found out all his favorite things to do and incorporated them into the story. In this book, a little boy named Chris spends one long night awake going from one silly caper to the next, trying to make himself sleepy. And there’s Ted through it all, doing his best to keep up with all the fun! This book was a surprise. I am the WORST at keeping surprises but somehow Chris had no idea there was a book on the way, even when he was unwrapping it.
Here are some illustrations from a children’s book I got to illustrate, ‘So Much’. It’s about a baby owl’s sweet bond with her mother. In this book, the baby realizes just why she loves her mommy ‘so much’. This was a private project to celebrate my friend’s first little baby. I used colors similar to my ‘Oh Puppy’ comics.
This scene is inspired by ‘scripture time’ when all my siblings would crawl into my parent’s bed each morning. It was about learning but mostly about snoozing and being cozy with Mom and Dad.
This particular dancing scene is inspired by my favorite Matisse painting, Dance. This scene is inspired by my years of babysitting! Just hours and hours of playing with little infinks. I had those alphabet blocks as a kid. Also there is something magical to me about a big chest of toys. Looks like a dress-up box to me! There’s probably a princess outfit and a pirate hat in there… Also I love putting mice and spiders in my illustrations. Tiny details for kids to discover and point to with their little pudgy fingers.
This last illustration reminds me of my paper cut-out animations. I love the shadows behind the Valentine window and the smiling little heart. Home can be a heaven on earth when love and harmony abound.