Recycling Book – Random Objects

Here’s a collection of random objects and an owl that appear on various pages in a coloring book about recycling commissioned by Positive Promotions for Earth Day.  I’m particularly proud of that compact florescent light bulb in the corner there.  The twisty coil was tricky.

This is the last sample I have for this project.  Next up will be a coloring book on neighborhood safety, also for Positive Promotions.

Random Objects

 

Recycling Book – Cover Art

I recently completed an educational coloring book project for Positive Promotions to be printed in time for Earth Day 2020.  This was an unusual project in two ways.

First, it was not a new work, but a reillustration of an existing book originally illustrated 25 years ago.  The previous illustrations were perfectly nice, but in a somewhat dated style.  They wanted to update it.  So, in many scenes, I was more-or-less copying a previous illustrator’s work, but in a modern style.  A few elements were even just tracework, merely updating the line style to match my illustrations.  There are no copyright or plagiarism issues because the publisher owned full rights to the previous work and instructed me to copy it.  However, I have excluded the most direct copies from what I’m sharing here because I feel weird claiming that as my work.  The samples I’ll share here for this project will only be the work that’s completely original or significantly different from the source material.

The second unusual part of this project was that it was a rush job.  The project was one color cover image and 15 pages of black and white illustrations, usually several illustrations per page, all work to be done in two weeks, start to finish.  So, this job was completed at top speed, working weekends and way more hours per day than I want to admit.  Then, on top of that, there was a miscommunication on the ages of the characters that caused me to have to go back and redraw parts of most of the sketches before I could move on to the finals.  Whew!  This was a stressful project.  But I got it done!

Anyhow, here’s the first image.  This was for the cover and is the only color illustration in the project.

Three children toss recyclables into a divided bin

Mommy Moment: Quart Milk Jug

Today I went to the grocery store and one of the items I needed was half & half. I usually buy the store brand (which comes in a tall cardboard carton), but I saw this instead. This is a quart milk jug. One that looks like a baby version of the gallon milk jug. You can’t see, but it even has the little handle around back, just like the big ones.

And you say, “Yeah. So?” First off, this may be a common container some places, but our local dairies don’t seem to use it. Today’s the first time I’d noticed it and I go to the grocery store all the time. It’s kind of neat.

The reason it’s neat is that I have little girls who are of an age to still play with a toy kitchen set. This quart milk jug is the perfect size to use as an accessory for that. So, once I’ve used up the half & half, my girls are getting a new toy milk jug. They’ve already asked me if they could have it, in fact.

Just a little mommy moment I thought I’d share.

Oh, the image came from the Roberts Dairy website, since that’s the brand I bought. It’s not my photo.