Let’s Visit Community Hospital Anderson Coloring & Activity Book

Inside spread of the a picture activity for the Community Hospital Anderson Coloring Book
Copyright 2016 Community Hospital Anderson

This year, I had an opportunity to create this coloring book for Community Hospital Anderson in Anderson, Indiana. I loved this project because for me, it was an experiment using technology in a new way and it is designed to help children who may be in an emergency or a health crisis. Continue reading “Let’s Visit Community Hospital Anderson Coloring & Activity Book”

Happy 18th Birthday to my daughter

Mariah birth announcementEighteen years ago, I drew a birth announcement. It was very risky since a cartoon version of a family member can come back to haunt you.
And that is exactly what happened last week! My mother-in-law printed some pictures to celebrate my daughter’s birthday. One of the prints was the birth announcement I drew to announce the big day. My daughter appeared amused. I had to clarify that no cartoon could ever be as cute as the real thing. To prove it, here is a photo of the two of us. We both looked much younger then than now!

Dad-Maria1996Heaven knows I’ve made my share of mistakes with my kids. Drawing cartoon versions of them is probably one of the least mistakes I’ve made. One of the worse mistakes was when I struggled between getting my freelance work done and spending time with my kids. As much as I loved illustrating for books and magazines,  it all seems to trivial now compared to the time I had with my them.

My dear daughter, you are now a young lady. You have brightened my world. And I have cherished every moment with you. Happy eighteenth birthday!

Catching the Tech Wave

Illustration of a guy on a surfboard. He is using a laptop.

Illustration of a guy on a surfboard. He is using a laptop.

Technology is changing everything, including surfing. Apparently it has changed surfing as much as ten years ago. I found this in my sketchbook. It was about surfers using GPS devices to find the best waves.

I drew this for Illustration Friday. This week’s word is “fluid.”

Story Figures: Jesus Calms the Storm

Illustration for a curriculum activity. I drew these figures for the story of Jesus and the storm. Based on John 6:16-€“21; Matthew 14:22-€“36

I drew this activity a couple of years ago. It was fun working on this one. I imagined how the kids would act out the story as one child would “rock” the ocean and another child would add voices to the scared disciples. I’ve always admired Peter’s chutzpah in this story too!

Smelling the Roses

Illustration of a man and a hostile rose. The caption reads, “Even stopping to smell the roses can be hazardous.”

I drew this sketch last year. Some days. You have to watch those roses. Most have thorns, but I swear some have teeth too!