Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Old Man of Dumbree, Ladybug Magazine

     Well Carus publishing did it again.  They blew me out of the water with the handling of a recent illustration.  The Old Man of Dumbree looks great and I hope the photos that I took give you all a sense of how well the printing looks.

The Old Man of Dumbree, Digitally Colored Drawing

     I had a lot of fun interpreting the text of this poem.  I thought the tension between the mischievous mice and the owls sense of propriety would make for a humorous scene.

     Good luck to those mice should the Old Man of Dumbree ever have to excuse himself to the bathroom.

The Old Man of Dumbree
by Edward Lear

There was an old man of Dumbree,
Who taught little owls to drink tea;
For he said, "To eat mice, is not proper or nice,"
That amiable man of Dumbree

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

My First Hidden Pictures: The Patient Turtle

 I love getting hidden pictures assignments.  Especially when I'm given the freedom to interpret the text.  You can see The Patient Turtle, in the August issue of High Five Magazine.

The Patient Turtle
A big turtle sat
On the end of a log,
Watching a tadpole
Turn into a frog.

Published Version:

My Portfolio Version (includes two scruffy flies):

 Original Sketch:


Sunday, May 13, 2012

My First Assignment With Spider Magazine

I received a fantastic job from Spider, The Magazine for Children and here it is.  You can find it on the shelves now in the May/June issue of Spider.  I'm very happy with the image.  Illustrating a poem like this was very satisfying.  I hope to do many more.  
     This was hands down the best quality print that I have ever received from any publication.  Usually there is something that is off such as flat shadows, blown out highlights, saturation issues with magenta, or contrast issues.  Not this time, they nailed it.  I am so happy with this.  Great job Spider and thank you Sue. 


Friday, February 10, 2012

My Third Highlights Cover, Feb. Issue!

Highlights Magazine Cover, Issue: February 2012, Digitally Colored Drawing

Odin Nelak

Odin Nelak, Digitally Colored Drawing

This one has been finished for a while now, but better late than never. It's another vampire... enjoy.