Valentine’s Day Illustration for Lowe’s

Valentine's Day Activity Illustration for Lowe's

One of my clients, the Strottman agency, hired me to illustrate a children’s activity page with a Valentine’s Day theme for the home improvement chain Lowe’s. The male and female character had already been designed by another artist but otherwise this was built entirely from scratch. My understanding is that these were printed and distributed to kids who came in to the store with their parents for family activities and workshops during February.

Comic Strip Illustrations for “Highlights For Children”

Highlights for Children is a classic kids magazine that’s been around for a long time. I have fond childhood memories of pouring over copies in the waiting rooms of my local eye doctor and dentist, way back when the Superfriends and Schoolhouse Rock ruled the Saturday morning airwaves. It was always great fun to read and made those marathon waiting room sessions fly by much faster. So it was a real treat to have the people at Highlights ask me to illustrate a three-page comic strip story for their upcoming January 2013 issue.

I just received my promo copies of the printed magazine in the mail, so I assume that if copies aren’t already being mailed out to subscribers they will be very soon, and therefore it’s OK for me to show a bit of the work I did. The story is called “The Chicken-and-a-Million-Veggietables Report” and is told as if a young boy is making a video documentary about a mysterious upcoming meal, so all of the illustrations were composed as if viewing them through the lens of a home movie camera. I obviously can’t publish the entire three-page story here on my blog, but I do want to show a sneak peak:

Highlights Sample
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The above image is snipped from the bottom half of the first page. The white boxes were left open for text. (I might have preferred word balloons but this was the way the client wanted it laid out). You can read the entire three-page story in the January 2013 issue of Highlights for Children.