Tag Archives: Sketch

Astronomically Correct Twinkle Twinkle

I’m very excited to announce the new Scientifically Correct kids book I made with Zach Weinersmith (SMBC) and Henry Reich (Minutephysics). Astronomically Correct Twinkle Twinkle is an illustrated astronomy lesson written in verse. Learn about black holes, why stars actually twinkle, and more in this fun, educational retelling of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. The book […]

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:

Zoe Sparks: Stuffie Rescue Squad

My new all-ages graphic novel launches on October 6, 2014 at www.zoesparks.ca To give a little bit of insight into my process, I thought I would share some of my sketches and show the stages I go through in creating the artwork. 1. Writing/thumbnailing I start with a story goal in mind, a short written […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Experimenting with inking in Manga Studio

Above is a test of line work in Manga Studio vs. Hand drawn (with China Marker). I’ve been experimenting lately with Manga Studio for my line work. My usual process involves drawing and inking traditionally, but so far I’m really impressed with the line quality I can get with Manga Studio. I may have to […]

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 […]