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 […]
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:
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 […]
Here is my cover illustration for the September 2014 issue of Clubhouse Jr. I also illustrated the interior Rebus story for this issue: Here are some of my working sketches for the cover and interior:
Here are a couple of sketches I found while looking through my hard drive:
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
My experiments with the various pens and brushes in Manga Studio continues. Left boy with pencil, right boy with G pen and dark brush pen for hair.
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 […]
Here’s a quick colour sketch experimenting with line quality and thickness. China marker on tracing paper, coloured in Photoshop.
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 […]
Having a bit of fun with this recent self portrait.
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!
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 […]
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 […]
Late last year I was hit with a white hot bolt of inspiration! Well, actually a thought more along the lines of: “Hey, this would make a really fun picture book!”, after Patricia Storms commented on this photo of my daughter on Facebook: Above: Zoe, 2012 – Little Miss Crazy Hair As an Illustrator, I […]
Just a bit of fun with a quick sketch and a splash of colour.