Autumn in the spring activity (in progress)

Puzzle_pg3_psd___71_8___Color_Fill_1__RGB_8___I’ve been working on an activity book lately. In this activity, the student finds and circles the activities that AREN’T spring activities. Though truth be told, I’ve seen a snowman in the spring time. He was mushy and didn’t look very happy, but those around him were more than happy he was dissolving into a puddle.

I am illustrating this activity for Warner Press. This book will come out January, 2015.

As I am writing this, it is autumn in my neck of the woods. What are your favorite autumn activities?


Something looks fishy

Cartoon of a half-fish, half-man creature
Cartoon of a man fish. a boy stares at him. The caption says, “There were times Ryan wished his mother wasn’t a mermaid.”

Deep down, everyone wishes they were someone else. Personally, I think it would be nice to be half-fish/half-man. I’d never have to leave the beach!

Beach Tastee Freeze

Illustration of a boy on a beach with a slushie drink.

When I thought of Illustration Friday’s word, “freeze,” I thought of one of my favorite summer treats. Whether you for for Tasty Freeze™, slushies, Slurpees, shaved ice, Italian Ice, Mr Freeze™, snow cone, or any other type or brand, They are just the right treat when you’re on a hot beach!

I drew this using Adobe Ideas for the iPad, then Adobe Illustrator.

Beach Oracle

I drew this about twelve years ago at the beach. I wonder now what this boy was thinking as he was staring at the shell and if he ever got his questions answered.

Most adults look at kids and think they have a carefree existence where everything is better than anything an adult could be going through. But as a teacher, I’ve seen experience some tough situations. School and family can be enough to drive anyone crazy, let alone a nine year-old!

Kids need some time to decompress and de-stress too. In the USA, we’re about to enter a holiday weekend. Take some time to relax, and give your kids a chance to do so as well.

Boy stares thoughtfully at a sea shell

In the Water

Cartoon of a boy and a shark. The shark says, “Hey, Buddy! Let me know when you’re going to get in the water, okay?”

I read an article today about shark attacks in Australia. It reminded me of stories where authorities cautioned people to stay out of the water during sunup or sundown. It made me think about sharks that are so obnoxious, they could ask for a heads up from unsuspecting individuals.

If a shark speaks to you, run the other way!

I thought this would also work for Illustration Friday’s word for this week. It’s “scary.”