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November 24, 2013

Highlights Hidden Pictures #1

I don't think my family ever had a subscription to Highlights Magazine when I was a kid, but I definitely remember reading it at every single one of my dentist appointments growing up.  My favorite feature was always the "Hidden Picture" challenge, where you'd look through a large illustration to find lots of little drawings hidden inside.

Well, imagine my delight, earlier this year, when Highlights got in touch and asked me to draw some hidden pictures for them!  I did five of these before things got hectic with my big book project, and the first one arrived in the mail the other day.  It's always a thrill to see my work in print!

This Highlights: Eagle-Eye Hidden Pictures book is cover-to-cover hidden pictures, so if that is your kind of thing, than this book is for you!  My drawing was for the "Gaby's Journal" feature, in which a little girl named Gaby travels around the USA with her family, seeing cool landmarks and roadside attractions.

If you see one of these magazines, pick it up!  The next string of issues should have some illustrations by yours truly, and hopefully I'll do some more of these in the future!

November 14, 2013

Deadline - met!

Tonight I finished up the big illustration project that I have been working on for the last four months.  On the day I started it, I made this chart, which is something I always do for my comics projects.  It helps me keep track of how much work there is left to do and makes it easy for me to see whether or not I'm going to finish on time.  For this chart I had to pencil all 210 illustrations (the steep line on the left) and then ink all of them (the steep line on the right).  Luckily, it all worked out and I finished exactly on time.  My comics charts almost never look this tidy.

Anyway, now that it's all over, I'm looking forward to my life getting back to normal.  I've got a pile of neglected projects that need some attention, including this blog!  I'm going to try and finish off 2013 with some weekly posts about the various illustration projects I did this year which I have not shared with you guys yet.  I'm not allowed to talk about the top secret project shown in the chart above, but as soon as I'm allowed to, I will!