Character Sketch – Hitch 2

Here’s Hitch, the bully in the anti-bullying book I’m starting work on for Learning A-Z. This is the second version where he’s in regular clothes and blonde.

Character Sketch - Hitch v2 - Web

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SCBWI Bookstop

The Genie LoopholeThe Genie Loophole written by Paul Maguire and illustrated by Karen B. Jones (me) is now up on the SCBWI Bookstop!  Check it out or browse other great SCBWI titles.

It’s a chapter book with one black and white image per chapter.  Go to my portfolio for a peek at the illustrations.

It’s currently available in paperback from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other booksellers.  It would make a great Christmas gift!

Synopsis:

It’s something that has crossed every kid’s mind…  If you were given three wishes, what would they be?  For Teddy Rogers, who one summer discovers a magic bottle on the beach and releases the genie inside, the answer is simple: Wish for a billion more wishes!

What follows is a series of unexpected situations, each crazier than the one before.  Teddy soon learns that unlimited wishes can easily spin out of control… and sometimes into dangerous territory!

Demon Schoolgirls

I was thinking about the Monster High idea. This is Monster Middle School, I think. A private school, by the looks of those plaid skirts. I tried to draw them with goat legs and cloven hooves, but I was having trouble making them look cute that way, so they got standard human legs instead. The saddleshoes were fun to draw.

Demon Schoolgirls

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Christmas in May

It’s just about summer, so it’s time to draw Christmas illustrations! I’ve been working on some line drawings for a Christmas-themed activity book for Educate.ie, an Irish educational publisher. It may seem odd to draw Christmas pictures this time of year, but if you want everything ready in time for the Christmas season, you have to get things done way ahead of time.

Here are a couple of things I just finished.

Connect the dots.

Four presents.