It’s A Jungle Out There

Here’s the final installment of background illustrations done for Plain Joe Studios‘ client, for their Go Kids cast of characters. I prefer illustrating organic backgrounds to artificial structures because, well, because I’m lazy and it’s easier to draw a jungle than to draw a giant city in perfect perspective.

Actually, creating organic forms is just so much more fun, what with all the wild foliage, vines, and such. Plus I like drawing gnarly tree limbs, twisting trunks, and tangled roots. If I had my druthers (I keep using that word without really knowing what a “druther” is), I’d be illustrating little fantasy stories that take place in all sorts of forests and wacky worlds. Honestly, I love creating charming artwork for children. My preference for the innocence of children’s media is probably why I prefer the fantasy wonderland of Disneyland to a “fast-ride” theme-park like Magic Mountain.

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All In The Family

My oldest daughter is eleven, and she’s known she wants to be a writer for quite a few years now (you can find her blog HERE). She reads and writes constantly, and we’ve often discussed doing projects together. Around two years ago she wrote this small poem and had asked me to illustrate it. Here we are now, and I finally got around to it yesterday, so here’s our second father-daughter project (assuming “The 3,2,1 Blast Off! Number Book” iOS app counts as the first). I hope you enjoy it.

I’m really looking forward to doing more projects with my daughter as she grows up. I suppose other of you artists work on projects with/for your children. Anyone have grown children with whom they work?