Tuesday, September 30, 2008

LeapFrog Illustrations

Last year I had the great challenge of creating a number of illustrations for LeapFrog. Below are a few of my pieces done for a licensee of theirs. This was my first challenge to stay with a defined style, which is much more difficult because you have to draw to someone else's ideals. I quickly adapted and was soon blue-lining other illustrators works to fit the look. All pieces are done in Adobe Illustrator and finished in Adobe PhotoShop with a set of brushes created by their lead illustrators.

One of the greatest things about working with LeapFrog was learning about the world of Children's Educational Products and just how much work goes into these pieces. Each product has to have learning merit behind the toy and is analyzed by a team of educators.

All artwork is ©2007-2008 LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. and was created exclusively for LeapFrog.

My Home

A great concept for children.

Money Match

The challenge here is to teach children about money and what it can buy. These illustrations were quick to do but still fun nonetheless.

Matching Blocks

This product comes with blocks that have matching images on them and the word printed on the other side. You build the playmat shown above out of 6 large pieces. The challenge was to present a scene in which a picnic and bed a cow and a fan would all come into play.

Rainforest Diorama Puzzle

This is by far my favorite piece. I not only got to illustrate the entire product, I was able to create the paper engineering as well as design the basic box.

Above images represents the diorama backdrop printed on the inside of the box.

Dress-Up Lily Bath Toy

This piece is a foam dress-up puzzle. Of course, being the modern motorcycle riding woman that I am, I gave Lily all sorts of jobs to aspire to, but threw in the Princess for fun. Each piece has a little bit of Lily's unique personality, which always includes her flower emblem.

Growth Chart Puzzle

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4-Piece wooden puzzle with removable stickers to add important dates.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Current Work in Progress

Another piece that is in progress for MasterPieces Puzzle Co. This is in the style of the regional animals I developed using the cut-paper look, just on a much larger scale. This is only a work in progress as it will be populated by many characters in its final adaptation.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

New Book Coming Out!

I'm so excited to introduce my first illustrated children's book, "Going on a Train," by Pamela Ott. She is a song writer/author and Children's Educator in Tucson Arizona and has written a wonderful little song.

The book will be published by October and available to purchase through her website (up soon) www.musicspeakspub.com.

I've had a great time illustrating the project and have done the entire piece digitally using both Adobe Illustrator and PhotoShop. I use a wacom tablet and customized brushes that I developed in PhotoShop to get a pastel chalk feel to the drawings. Of course I did all the preliminary sketches the old-fashioned way; pencil on paper.

I hope everyone has a chance to check out this product and of course I hope you all like the drawings.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Current Work in Progress

I'm developing a brand new style for a local business, MasterPieces Puzzle Co. This new look draws on a style of cut paper and added pen detail. The focus is on fun, approachable characters that have little bits of regional history to them. The entire style has been developed in Adobe Illustrator using their many tools.

We're developing a cool concept called "Animals Around the World" and here are Russia, Australia and China with their Siberian Tiger, Koala and Panda respectively.

Selected pages from "Going on a Train"