The Making of a Highlights Cover!
A little peek behind the curtain here!: This is the process of making a cover illo for Highlights Puzzlemania.
First, the art director, Colleen Pidel, gets in touch with an assignment. The description: “4 color scene of a soccer game: ANTS vs. one CENTIPEDE that is sideways on the field; taking up the entire width, with little sneakers on the end of its’ 100 legs. We can see little fans in the stadium, but can’t see them well enough to tell what they are. Maybe a beetle is the referee as well.”
I like to do thumbnails when it comes to covers, instead of skipping right to sketches, so we can figure out the composition, jokes, etc. on a small scale. #3 was picked with one adjustment: Make the centipede curved, and Colleen provided the reference.
The sketch was approved easily, with small changes to the ant’s expressions (they looked a little distraught in an earlier version.)
And then I wanted to provide a number of options for the colors. I’m happy with the one they chose (#2). The blue ants are kinda cool and different, and I like how the red centipede stands out against the cooler green and blue of the setting.
Boring to hear about the process? Probably. But there it is!
Hey strangers! Won’t you come join me at MoCCA this weekend?! Saturday, April 7th and 8th (<– my birthday!) I’ll be selling my comix, THE ADVENTURES OF STEGOSAURUS Vol. 1, vol. 2, and JUST PUBLISHED, VOL. 3, which features the debut of Coaster Girl, and the supervillains, The Coffee Stain, and The Dust Bunny!!
Also, I’ll be giving away my latest Best Show Poster, for FREE!!! The 15×24 prints look fantastic, and are perfect for framing! I will not be displaying them, but if you want one, simply use the secret password: “Toilet Car”.
Some come say hi, buy my comix, talk Best Show, n’ more!
More MoCCA deets: Metropolitan West, 639 W 46th street between 11th and 12th Ave. Table B 124-126.
6 by SIX!
Hi gang! Here’s a new puzzle I’ve done. It was THE MOST CHALLENGING one to create so far, so you better have fun doing it. See it BIG here! I actually created a total of TWELVE of these, so stay tuned for more puzzles!
I made another poster for my FAVORITE radio show, The Best Show!
This is a retrospective of everything (well, not everything) that happened on the show this past year! See it BIG here!
Carousel for Kids! Saturday, December 2nd!
Dixon Place presents:
CAROUSEL FOR KIDS!
Cartoon slide shows and picture performances
Hosted by R. Sikoryak & Neil Numberman.
Cartoon slide shows drawn and narrated by an array of comic artists, graphic novelists, voice actors, and more.
and Catherine Porter as “Vampiress”
Featuring stories, gags, live drawings, and audience participation! For kids and cartoon-loving adults.
Saturday, December 2, 2017 11:30 am
Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St. (btwn Rivington & Delancey)
Tickets: $10 kids
$15 adults in advance, $18 adults at the door
Tickets & info: DixonPlace.org (212) 219-0736
I loved making this piece for Highlights Magazine, a somewhat unconventional “full color” illo about a very black and white world. Can you find all the black and white cookies? Click on the bottom image, or here, to see it bigger.
I am the Highlights Illustrator of the Month!
I am the Highlights Illustrator of the Month, September 2017, for my comic, “The Pepper Caper” (hop two posts down for that comic.) So pumped. I love working for them!