I'm happy to announce I have an illustration in the May issue of Highlights magazine–ON NEWSSTANDS NOW!
Fun saying that...
The great folks at Highlights asked me to illustrate a poem called "Alley Cat" by Valck Georges. The poem is about a feline stalking imaginary foes. I was happy to have a whole page to draw my cat walking a spooky street filled with menacing shadows, blood-curdling clouds and frightening architecture...
Okay, I just got carried away with my adjectives.
Creatively, it was fun to play on the drama implied in the text. The foreshortening, skewed angles and muted tones all convey unease and possible danger... but not too much–it's a magazine for children after all:)
The final art is a digitally-colored pencil drawing. I used Photoshop and my trusty Wacom tablet.
Above: my final sketch. Below are early thumbnails where I'm experimenting with different approaches to the composition.
If you have kids ages 6-12, make sure they are reading Highlights! It's a great magazine–and not just because I'm in the current issue!