June Picture Puzzler: The Numberman Family

Today marks the release of the June issue of Highlights Magazine! And in it you’ll find my Picture Puzzler. Can you find one 1, two 2′s, three 3′s, four 4′s , five 5′s, six 6′s, seven 7′s, eight 8′s, and nine 9′s? See it big here!

Numberman_Family_webThere’s a lot of crazy back story to this one. First off, the editors came up with the idea of the Numberman Family independent of me and my name; but obviously once the Art Director learned of the idea, he reached out to me.

Second, this issue is the feature of a documentary about the making of a Highlights issue! Thusly, I was interviewed about the making and process behind this piece, and more generally, what it’s like to work for Highlights (It’s awesome!) I will let everyone know when that doc is released, of course.

Thirdly, I actually hid a second 1 in this piece. But it’s harder to find and only suggested at. I did it for myself and never told anyone, but an editor actually found it on her own! So, can you?

Bathroom Birds

My wife and I redid our bathroom, and wanted to go with a “reclaimed” look — we had to do something to distract ourselves from how small the damn space is. I thought a few simple bird watercolors in some old wooden frames would make great accents.

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IMG_7137  IMG_7139I chose birds native to Brooklyn. The Eastern Bluebird, the Gray Catbird, and my personal favorite, the Cardinal!

LAUGH ATTACK! at your local Bookstores!

laugh_attack_BOOKSTOREI actually didn’t even know it was coming out this soon and just happened upon it during my weekly perusal of my local book shoppe. On April Fool’s Day no less! So, get it now!

Rube Goldberg Machine!

Who among us didn’t pore over Rube Goldberg‘s illustrations as a kid? Here’s one I just did for the Highlights Mag!rube_site1Fun Fact: Rube Goldberg is the only full name to be in the English Language Dictionary. I once met his granddaughter, and told her that fact. She already knew.

The Bird Bath (Find the Double L’s!)

Here’s a fun game from the March 2016 issue of Highlights MagBird Bath!

Happy Valentine’s Day (soon)

Too early? Eh. Here’s an illo I did for Highlights again. I was wracking my brain trying to think of a pink animal that could have a V-Day dance, and ultimately my wife came up with Flamingos (not sure why I didn’t just Google “pink animals” because that’s pretty much the first hit. Laziness?)

Flamingos are already a clumsy animal to draw, not to mention while dancing. So that was challenging. But all of their weird angles left a lot of great opportunities for creative hiding spaces. Enjoy!vday_flamingo_WEB

Merry Xmas Y’all!

Here’s a Christmas themed illo for Highlights Hidden Pictures series! Happy December wishes! –NNxmas_cactus_WEB

Scharpling and Wurster LIVE! Poster

SW_Philly_WEB1Come on y’all it’s time to have FUN because Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster are bringing their comedy to Philadelphia. These posters I did will be on sale at the show. And they’re screen printed! Thanks FLEAHEART.

Carousel for Kids November 2015 edition!

R. Sikoryak and myself are hosting another Carousel for Kids this weekend! We’re going to play an Astronaut and a Cowboy who are INSIDE a comic! And there will be LIVE worm racing! Come out and join us won’t you??12227751_981911905199576_169052112441580595_n

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Happy Halloween!

Hey now! I did this Word Search Illustration for Highlights mag. They asked for some of the lesser used creatures of Halloween, which was fun, because how many times do we need to see Frankenstein and Dracula and the like? (Stay tuned for my Frankenstein and Dracula Crossword Puzzle coming next year! Seriously.)monster_word_search_for_web