Squirrel Book 8 of 10

Chapter 7 has two illustrations. This one is when an owl scoops up one of the family dogs. Rocky runs out to make a loud commotion, which startles the owl into dropping the dog. The author says it’s a true story.

She paid for a half page illustration for this one. When designing the layout, I realized that the image would benefit from as much height as possible. I thought, well, it’s supposed to be a half page, but we didn’t specify which half. Usually half pages are landscape (horizontal) format top or bottom half pages. But a left or right half page would meet the requirements also. I was proud of how it turned out.

A cartoon illustration of an owl in mid-flight.  It's just dropped a white lapdog who is depicted in mid-fall and terrified.  Below them both on the ground is a squirrel chittering and waving its arms.  The scene includes a gravel driveway, bordered by grass going off into the distance.  There are trees and hills way off behind.  There are dandelions in the foreground grass.

Squirrel Book 1 of 10

Rocky the Human Squirrel by Jean Ball-Maurer, which I illustrated, is now out in ebook as well as paperback. https://www.amazon.com/Rocky-Human-Squirrel-Jean-Ball-Maurer/dp/B0BW385B6V

I already shared the cover, so now I’ll share the interiors. It’s an illustrated chapter book, so these are all black and white. Here’s the first one. It illustrates a section explaining who Rocky is and explaining some facts about squirrels.

A cartoon illustration of a squirrel leaning forward, looking through a squirrel-sized magnifying glass.  The character is isolated on white and drawn in black and white.  The image is copyright © 2023 Jean Maurer.