Globe Trotting

I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Group 360 on this illustration for the back of a cereal box.

tl_files/content/sketchblog/2014/final.jpgFinal art



Client rough and my reworked rough

360 had given the client a very tight concept and layout. I was brought in to redraw the vignettes of the kids. While redrawing the kids the idea of bringing a little humor to the globe came up which in turn lead to adding the sun up in the corner. The word bubbles were reworked to fit the new elements.


Final sketches

I redrew my rough, adding some outer space details to the background and hand lettering the nationalities and title. The word bubbles and text were brought back in and some gray tones were added to help the sketch look a bit more finished. Off for approval. Got the go ahead from 360 and the client with just a few minor changes.




From the used space shuttle chained up to a satellite to the sun's flaming eyebrows all the little details make these projects so much fun.


Poems from under my Tree


With the Christmas right around the corner I had to share with you the merriest project I worked on last year with Scholastic’s Jennifer Rinaldi. Poems from under my Tree is a collection of crazy funny Christmas poems written by the equally funny, though slightly crazier Alan Katz. Alan’s poems were so hilarious and filled with so much energy I wanted to do only one sketch per poem as quick as I could to keep as much of that energy as possible. Other than a couple minor detail changes Jennifer and the editor approved all the sketches as is. Here are 3 of the 40 sketches.

Alan’s genius is getting the words moose, piano, and caboose into one poem! And have it be about Christmas no less!


I also had a blast sneaking Alan into the illustration for the last poem of the book:


Since it is a Christmas book I felt it necessary to illustrate Alan’s Christmas wish coming true on the author’s page:


And guess what? I had a wish of mine come true by illustrating not one but two books of Alan’s poems. The other one was about Halloween. You can see more artwork from these titles in the book section of my website.


My annual holiday cookie tin design.