‘Messy Messages’ for Highlights Magazine


I enjoyed illustrating a story for the November 2015 issue of Highlights magazine called “Messy Messages. It was a fun story to illustrate and I had a lot of fun creating the characters.

Spot Illustration for Highlights Magazine


The August 2014 issue of Highlights For Children just came in the mail. On page 38 is a spot illustration I did for an ongoing series called “Your Best Self”. Here’s the original art before the word balloons or captions were added.

Sportscaster Illo for Highlights Magazine

Sportscaster Seal for Highlights Magazine

The July 2014 issue of Highlights Magazine just arrived in my mailbox. On page 15 is this spot illustration I did for a math segment called “What’s The Score?”  The client wanted a seal posed as an excited sportscaster with some fictional team logos on the screen behind him. The empty area in the lower left was intentionally left blank to allow for placement of a word balloon.

I have fond memories of reading Highlights at the dentist’s office when I was a kid. It’s an honor to now have my work popping up inside. I’ve done a couple of more illustrations for them since that will be appearing in future issues.

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.