Illustration - Sample Portfolio National award-winning illustrator: illustrations for the book "A Garden of Wildflowers" won the Garden Writers of America 1st Place award for book illustration. The artwork samples in this portfolio range from rich and vibrant colored pencil drawings for trade books, pen and ink drawings, watercolors, and Photoshop illustrations created for print and the web.

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Roberts Rinehart Publishers

Niwot, Colorado

This was a 28 page trade children's nature book, published in hardback. It has now gone through several paperback reprints and has sold almost 50,000 copies.

The illustrations were created using Berol Prisma Color colored pencils. The colored pencil technique I use is to xerox my original pencil drawings onto velum bristol board stock (which creates smudge-proof black outlines and some shading), and then color them in with colored pencils, in multiple overlapping layers of color. The black lines and shading show through the overlaying color. There can be more than 10 layers of color in each area of the drawing. The final layers are given pressure to blend and smooth the colors giving the finished piece the vibrant appearance of an oil painting.

Whose Tracks Are These book cover Cover of book dust jacket. I did both the book design and the book illustrations. Illustrations -- colored pencil.

Whose Tracks Are These book title page Title page of the book. This was one of the species that could not be covered in the book due to page limitations, so I worked the white-footed mouse in here with it's tracks.

Whose Tracks Are These book first double page spread This is the first clue page of the book. There are written clues, but also visual clues (such as chewed nut shells) in the illustration. One of my sons patiently posed in full cross-country ski gear while I sketched him from above in my loft.

Whose Tracks Are These book second double page spread This is the first "reveal" page of the book, where you see who the animal is. I tried to show a variety of seasons throughout the book. The low rolling Catskill Mountains of New York state, where I grew up, crept into the background on their own.

Whose Tracks Are These book third double page spread This is the second "clue" spread of the book. The illustrations on the clue page follow the book's premise that most of the time children will discover animal tracks "by accident" while they are engaged in everyday activities.

Whose Tracks Are These book fourth double page spread This is the second "reveal" spread of the book. I drew these chipmunks (my favorite forest animal) from photos of several charming characters who regularly visit my back yard. The deer in the background is actually the next animal to be covered. Smart readers will figure out this pattern.

Whose Tracks Are These book fifth double page spread Yes, that's a bit of an autobiographical portrait of my younger self up in the tree (where I could frequently be found), complete with bandaid on the knee.

Whose Tracks Are These book sixth double page spread In the previous spread, the tracks of two deer, an adult and a young one, come to the water to drink. This is not explained in the text -- the reader has to try to figure this out on their own. So in this following spread I show the herd of deer doing that activity.

Whose Tracks Are These book seventh double page spread This is the "clue" page for the raccoon. Their tracks resemble small human hands, so I have the hand of the child sitting on the beach towel showing for comparison.

Whose Tracks Are These book eighth double page spread This spread for the raccoon family depicts the night time, since they are nocturnal animals (I worked in a few bats too).

Whose Tracks Are These book nineth double page spread I love reading the "stories" of animals' and birds' activities in the snow in winter. This is a scene I came across in real life. Can you tell what's happened???

Whose Tracks Are These book tenth double page spread This is shown in a different season, but here you see the results of the story from the previous spread (in case it's too small to see here, that's a dead mouse the cub is sniffing at).

Whose Tracks Are These book eleventh double page spread Many of my landscapes are drawn from my memories. Even though I have lived in Ohio for almost 20 years now, this scene from the Catskill Mountains of my childhood in New York state just wanted to come out.

Whose Tracks Are These book twelfth double page spread Wildflowers are one of my special loves, so I was able to work several of them into this summer meadow scene. And this was finally an Ohio scene.

Whose Tracks Are These book thirteenth double page spread This spread of the book was a longer riddle with clues about the environment itself. In these borders I worked in many other details of creatures, insects and plants.

Whose Tracks Are These book fourteenth double page spread This final spread of the book featured drawings of my family, in addition to all the animals who had been in the book. Even though humans appear throughout the book, the publisher did not want to show any faces so as not to distract attention from the main focus of the book, which was the animals and their tracks.

Whose Tracks Are These book back cover The black bear is another one of my favorite Northeast forest animals, and there were not enough pages to include it. So I added the bear to the back cover of the book, in a border featuring its tracks and common foods.