15 October 2014

Switzerland Sketchbook Part 3: Strasbourg, France

The day I visited Strasbourg, France it was raining so I didn't have many opportunities to sit and draw. Most of what I drew here I did later while on the train back to Basel or the following morning. I wish I had another day or two in Strasbourg. I felt like I didn't get to see enough of this beautiful city.

Switzerland sketchbook Part 1 and 2: Basel

Recently I tagged along with my wife on her business trip to Basel, Switzerland. Basel (pronounced Baa-zel) sits on Switzerland's north-northwest corner bordering France and Germany. While she worked I wandered the cities of Basel, Strasbourg in France, Freiburg in Germany and Lucerne. Prior to this trip I had only been to Italy so I made the best of visiting Central Europe in only 1 short week.

Here is the unedited, un-fact-checked, typo filled part 1 and 2 of the sketchbook journal I kept while there. I will post the rest eventually. There should be 7 parts in all.

Above is one of the many places I sat to draw. This one being the Marketplatz in Basel.

02 October 2014

Heidi and Zeke Hidden Pictures.

These are some recent hidden pictures I did for Highlights Eagle Eye Hidden Picture magazines. The name of the character in the first story was Lucy who happened to have two younger brothers so I couldn't help but make her a little nod to Lucy Van Pelt of Peanuts. I added a few obscure nods to Lucy's world. There is also a nod to Peanuts in the second one as well We'll see who can find it...

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28 August 2014

More Heidi and Zeke hidden pictures...

Hi. I don't know why blogger isn't working well for me today. It probably has something to do with my own lack of sleep, hydration and sanity that I suffered during a recent trip to Florida. Weeeee. Anyways, here are my recent Heidi and Zeke hidden pictures which can be seen in Highlights' Hidden Pictures Club advanced magazine called Eagle Eye. Get a subscription for the kids in for life today!

22 July 2014

Fishing Hidden Picture

Inspiration for this hidden picture came from Philadelphia's Pennypack Creek. A park I spent many many days exploring and fishing at with friends (and once with my Dad who hated fishing there).

Can you find the following objects?
Pencil, Muffin, Tack, Chicken, Flag, Bell, Glove, Pen, Candy Corn, Banana, Slice of Pie, Carrot, Mitten, Slice of Pizza, and a Toothbrush.

17 July 2014

That's Silly, Beach Lake!

... and some Heidi and Zeke hidden pictures.

My latest That's Silly! illustration is in this July's Highlights High Five issue. I took inspiration from many childhood summers spent at Pennsylvania's Promised Land Lake and some more recent memories of Rickett's Glen Sate Park (seriously the most beautiful park in PA).

The Heidi and Zeke hidden pictures are from July's Highlights Eagle Eye Hidden Picture magazine. Unlike regular hidden pictures, short stories accompany the illustration. In the first one Heidi and Zeke help a troubled young girl find her bunny rabbit before her family goes on a long car trip. Second, Heidi and Zeke help the Zamboni operator find his lost keys so he can clean the ice for the kids to get back to skating. 12-14 other objects are also hidden in each of these illustrations but I did them so long ago that I can't remember where they are. Wink!

17 June 2014

My first cover.

Forgive my excitement. Here is my first cover art for Highlights' July issue which is available now. Nerdily, the sky is astronomically correct (as best as I could research it) for July 4th at about 9:30pm.

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Heidi and Zeke snowman and soccer help!

In this month's Heidi and Zeke adventure: Heidi and Zeke help a friend find a cookie to complete their snow family and an absent minded soccer coach needs help finding a soccer ball!

Northeast Philadelphia's Vogt playground and a northeast Philadelphia rowhome can be seen in the soccer illustration. I grew up right next to Vogt playground- the largest playground in Philadelphia- consisting of 7 baseball fields, 5 soccer fields, an olympic size swimming pool, 2 tennis courts, a roller hockey rink, 2 outdoor basketball courts, a kid's jungle gym, several drunk teenagers (at night) and a large gymnasium (of which my brother fell of the roof of and broke his arm).

Oh, and our puppy (at the time), Abbey, can be seen in the soccer illustration as well.

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