Tag Archives: Illustration

The Case of The Gooey Chocolate

These are some illustrations I completed earlier this year for Scholastic Canada’s Literary Place “Explore!” magazine. These illustrations are for a story about the greenhouse effect entitled: “The Case of the Gooey Chocolate”.

Bandit: Illustration for A Curious Case of Poetry

This is an illustration I completed earlier this year for Scholastic Canada’s Literary Place book “A Curious Case of Poetry”. The title of this poem was “Bandit”. It’s about a family dog who sneaks around stealing his owners possessions! Here are some of the preliminary sketches:

Spot illustrations for Clubhouse Jr.

Here are some recent spot illustrations I did for the joke page in Clubhouse Jr. Magazine. Which birds really stick together? Vel-crows.   Some concept sketches for the vel-crows: What kind of fish likes to listen to music? A tune-a fish. Who gives cows money when they lose teeth? The Moo-th fairy.    

“Just Kidding” Illustration for Clubhouse Jr. Magazine

I recently had another super fun assignment for Clubhouse Jr. Magazine – creating the illustration for the “Just Kidding” feature in the May 2014 issue. The Clubhouse magazines are always full of wonderful illustrations so I get excited every chance I get to contribute. I had a lot of fun adding the little details in […]

Skate Park Puzzle – May ChickaDEE Magazine

The May 2014 issue of ChickaDEE Magazine is now available, and I had the pleasure of illustrating the puzzle spread for this issue. This puzzle features a bike trail maze, which was a really fun challenge to create. I used to draw mazes in my school notebooks all the time, so this one brought back […]

Clubhouse Jr. March Cover and Rebus

I recently had the pleasure of working with the wonderful team at Clubhouse Jr. as I illustrated the cover and some interior illustrations for the March 2014 issue. When I’m working on a cover, I’ll usually work up a couple more concept sketches than I normally would – just to be sure we have the […]

The Explorers

I recently completed this personal piece and I thought I’d share some of my process. 1. I start off with a series of small thumbnail sketches to explore composition 2. Using my thumbnail sketch as a guide I produce a larger more refined sketch. At this stage I also do a quick value study to […]


Here’s a quick Superman illustration. I’ve been experimenting with a bit of a new colouring method lately – doing the flats colour blocks in Manga Studio and only adding a few necessary lines. I’m working on a few larger pieces like this trying to come up with a better, faster way to work. Trial and […]

Puzzle Spread illustration in November ChickaDEE

The November issue of ChickaDEE Magazine is all about China. I had the super fun job of illustrating the full spread puzzle page for this issue. Below is the final version – click to view larger (For demonstration purposes I modified it a bit from the version that appears in the magazine – removing some […]

The Pumpkin King

Happy Halloween everyone! Here is an illustration I recently completed for my latest postcard mailer: Here’s a photo of the postcard (front and back): I had these printed by Overnight Prints, as 5×7″ glossy with rounded corners. Ever since I first started printing them with the rounded corners I’ve not been able to go back […]


Here are some cute little monster illustrations I recently completed for an educational French language poster. I don’t have an image of the final poster yet, but I will post it here when it is published.

Waking Up The Farm

At the SCBWI Canada East conference I attended earlier this month, all of the illustrators had a pre-conference assignment. We were given the manuscript for “Wake Up, Rupert!” (by Mike Twohy) by Simon & Schuster’s Art Director, Laurent Linn. We worked on our sketches leading up to the conference and gave each other feedback. We […]

September Cover ChickaDEE Magazine

I recently had the super fun job of illustrating the cover for the back to school issue of ChickaDEE Magazine! It’s on sale now, so make sure to pick up a copy. While working on the sketches, I worked up a few alternate poses for the brain character that weren’t used in the final: I […]

Quick colour doodles

Here are a couple of recent quick colour doodles. I’m testing out some new colouring and texture techniques here. For each one, I spent about 10-15 minutes doodling until I came up with a little drawing I liked, and then spent about an hour colouring each one. Always fun!

“Inside Look” Puzzle Page from June ChickaDEE Magazine

In the recent June issue of ChickaDEE Magazine I had the fun task of illustrating some kitchen items for a puzzle page feature. Here are a few below – can you guess what they are? During this project I sketched out quite a few alternate ideas that were perhaps a bit too easy to figure […]

June Cover ChickaDEE Magazine

I recently had the pleasure of illustrating the cover for the June Food Issue of ChickaDEE magazine. Big thanks to Susan and her team at Owl Kids for the opportunity to work on this fun cover! While working out ideas, I sketched out a few alternate fruit characters that didn’t make the final cut. Here […]

“The Mean, Multiple-Meaning Troll”

I recently had the pleasure of illustrating “The Mean, Multiple-Meaning Troll”, an educational children’s book published by Benchmark Education. Illustrating this was a lot of fun – How can you pass up the opportunity to illustrate a troll? And a mean troll at that – even better! Here are a few sample spreads and spot […]

Strange Kid Shorties: Mail Order Monster

I recently completed a guest comic for Rondal Scott’s  Strange Kids Club comic – Strange Kid Shorties. Rondal ran it on the site in 3 parts, but here’s the full version. Thanks again Rondal for letting me have fun with your character, I had a ton of fun making this! Click here or on the […]

“Sled Slang” Poster

This poster was inspired by a childhood spent sledding down the biggest hills I could find! Instead of sending out the usual holiday card this year I decided to try something a little different, so I came up with  this poster, which I’ll be sending out as my holiday mailer. I also have 2 sizes […]

Game Day!

This one was inspired by memories of Blue Jays games watched with my Dad. I always had a glove at the ready in case of foul balls. Never caught one, but came close a few times. Good times.

Fall Farmer

Here is a recent illustration, inspired by memories of playing at my grandfather’s farm in Milton when I was a kid. I used to go exploring around the fields and in the barn. I was allergic to hay and horses, so there was also a lot of sneezing going on!

Illustrating Characters: Personality Goes a Long Way

No matter what type of illustration you are working on, it will probably include a character. When illustrating characters – animals, children, or adults – one of the most basic and essential elements is conveying their personality. Characters are the heart of great stories, and you are telling stories with your pictures, so being able […]

Things Zoe Says

Here are a couple of recent illustrations inspired by my daughter Zoe (who recently turned 4 years old), and the funny things she says to her brother.

Body Systems Book Series

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to illustrate the five book Body Systems series for the First Graphics imprint published by Capstone Press. The books became available on August 1, 2012. The book series (which includes A Tour of Your Circulatory System, A Tour of Your Digestive System, A Tour of Your Muscular and Skeletal […]

Kids! A Poster

One of my summer projects was to work on a looser, more fun illustration style. As part of my practice, I worked on a series of illustrations of children that I had planned to collect in a poster format. Here is that poster: These posters are 11×17″ and are now available for $10 in my […]

Reinterpretation of a spread from “If All The Animals Came Inside”

As part of the recent SCBWI illustrators workshop I attended, I was assigned to illustrate a spread from a previously published children’s book. This artwork below is my interpretation of a spread from “If All the Animals Came Inside”, written by Eric Pinder, and illustrated by Marc Brown. This is my initial sketch: Here is […]

Sizzle-ympic Games June ChickaDEE

I recently had the pleasure to work with Susan Sinclair (at Owlkids) on a really fun alien fantasy story for ChickaDEE magazine. ChickaDEE’s June 2012 issue is themed on the upcoming Summer Olympics, and this four page story is about the alien Sizzle-ympic Games. The alien professor Zold creates a snow and ice making machine […]

German Language Stickers

I recently illustrated some characters that were used on a series of German language stickers for Teacher’s Discovery. Sure, the characters may be a bit stereotypical looking, but they were tons of fun! Big thanks to the wonderful Caryn Knight at Teacher’s Discovery for this great project.

“Dear Human” Poster

 Zach recently commissioned me to illustrate a poster based on one of his brilliant SMBC strips (this one). I had a great time working on the facial expressions and getting creative with the different notes. This poster is now available to for purchase at the SMBC store. It’s a whopping 19×27″ and it looks really […]