Last year I had the pleasure of illustrating a series of chapter books for Abdo Publishing. Wonderfully written by Lisa Mullarkey and edited by Stephanie Hedlund the books follow 4th grader TJ Trapper as he navigates various bullying situations. Being a school teacher, Lisa did a great job detailing the different types of bullying from gossiping to social media. She even included glossaries, tips on how to stop bullying, and additional reading materials in each book.
When designing the characters I couldn’t help but model TJ Trapper after Trapper from the T.V. show M*A*S*H. Growing up in the 80’s the show was constantly on as reruns and I fondly remember laughing at them with my dad and brothers. Below are some interior illustrations. To see more please check out the book section of my website.
Here's the final color of the spot sketches I posted a couple weeks ago. The spots illustrated some wonderful poems written by kids. They were the winners of a Time For Kids poetry contest.
Both as a team and individually, Creative Relay founders Ed Shems and Justin Perricone have been speaking and writing about the business of creativity and organizing events since 2008 for creative communities locally, and across the country. From webinars, to small roundtables, to room-filling lectures, to workshops with local artists, they’ve done it all. Ed asked me to write a never ever list in regards to being an illustrator. You can read it here