Chickadee Illustration & Happy Spring Break!

I hope everyone is having a great Spring Break! Here is my first illustration for Chickadee Magazine (Owl Kids). It's a board game chock-full of fun suggestions of how to pass the time.

  Creative Director: Faith Cochran

Creative Director: Faith Cochran

 Despite being a bit of a   Chirp   purist, Ro was eventually persuaded to be my model..

Despite being a bit of a Chirp purist, Ro was eventually persuaded to be my model..

Hope y'all are having a great time with friends and family!

IF (Family Edition) - Nefarious

Well happy belated New Year! (Can a new year greetings be belated, if you're still in it?)
Not sure.
Happy January 11th!
Got the family together to create for Illustration Friday. Our time limit - 1 hour.  Our topic: Nefarious. (Which kinda just translated to "Bad Guys".)
 

  Bad Spider with a Bad Hat  | by Rowan, age 3.

Bad Spider with a Bad Hat | by Rowan, age 3.

  The Ocean of Bad Creatures  | by Jack, age 6.

The Ocean of Bad Creatures | by Jack, age 6.

  Nefarious  | by Jana, age old.

Nefarious | by Jana, age old.

Nailed it. (A pink spider with a poor choice of hat always does...)

Bee My Valentine.

Yup. I went there.
It's my five-year-old Jack's first school valentines day. He's lucky enough to be in a super duper Nature Program, in which he is able to spend much of his time at school outside exploring nature, the woods, the creek and the beach. His classroom is called the Hive, so I decided that I absolutely needed to make some Bee themed cards for him to take to class.

Hive_Five_Jana_Curll.jpg


I'm hoping, as the kids are 5-8, that they'll be more likely to forgive the puns that came to me at WTF o'clock the night before.
Maybe?
Please?
Hm.

Splat Story Up!

Over the summer I had a great opportunity through Kidzsmart to illustrate an online story by Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney! It was a great project and I'm super proud of it. Check it out!

Here are my initial characters and my mood/style board. It's a story from Jeff's childhood so I had a good time researching the styles and colours of the early 80's (Let's be clear: I LIVED through that era so it wasn't a huge stretch to research...)

 

 All reference pictures are property of their respective owners. They were just my inspiration! Illustrations copyright Kidzsmart.  

All reference pictures are property of their respective owners. They were just my inspiration!
Illustrations copyright Kidzsmart.  

It was a great project and in the first 2 days got over 20,000 views. Book It is a great program to promote literacy and reading in the US.