Welcome! In this section you'll find samples from such magazines as Kids Discover and Family Fun.
Kids Discover—a nice magazine for kids.
An infotoon on the 4 steps to the healing process, from Kids Discover Skin. I found some topographic maps on the internet and used them as finger whorls.
This is an infotoon from Kids Discover Simple Machines, on the 3 types of levers. I came to understand that there was a bit of magic in how levers worked, so I came up with the acronym (ELF, or Effort, Load, and Fulcrum) to help explain the mystery.
How to determine the volume of a irregularly-shaped object, as in a Hot Wheels V-Dub. Thank you Archimedes. Now go finish your bath.
Your weight can change due to gravity (say, Earth vs. Moon) but your mass will still be the same. Dude!
A cell with a hard sell.
An infotoon on the Saffir-Simpson scale. -Kids Discover Extreme Weather
An infotoon on how history is recorded in ice-core samples.
An infotoon on the speed of glaciers.
An infotoon map of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. -Kids Discover Ancient Wonders
An infotoon in regards to exactly what a rock is. -Kids Discover Earth
An infotoon about the process of imigration. I originally had the banana changing color (ripening) as it went through the process, but the editor poo-poo'ed the idea thinking that kids might not be able to follow the character correctly. -Kids Discover Immigration
Some of the wildlife that can be found around your local pond. Kids Discover 2 Ponds
The five theories as to how language began (sans accompanying text). After reading all of the theories, I began to think that most were full of hot air, so the parade-balloon analogy was not far behind. -Kids Discover Language
Your typical first-aid kit. Lots of gags in here, but I think the best one is the box of adhesive strips that's hitting on the moist towelettes.
A infotoon Map of Mikey's Room (from Kids Discover Maps). I figured the best map for kids to understand was one of their own room (something parents could only hope for).
An acrostic from Kids Discover Telescopes. To save time (and placate my breakfast hunger), I substituted a cantaloupe for a planet. This would be the first of many visits to the grocery store for props.
Some kitchen fun for kids. I believe this was from a recipe for tarts. No, seriously.
An infotoon on how pulleys work. -Kids Discover Simple Machines
Another hard-to-illustrate concept. Imagine the art director asking you to produce an image of how air pressure and wind work together.
Again with illustrating difficult concepts, this one on air pressure.
A brief explanation of what those symbols on weather maps mean.
An infotoon describing how the food chain works, at least in the Arctic.
-Kids Discover Ecology
An infotoon describing the food web and how energy is transferred between organisms.
-Kids Discover Ecology
Facial expressions from facial muscles. -Kids Discover Muscles
An infotoon about global warming and its effects. -Kids Discover Plants
An infotoon/acrostic from Kids Discover Civil Rights.
I had a lot of fun illustrating this "gang" of vicious viruses. Seeing as how kids were being told to be on the lookout for these, I thought it would be fun to make wanted posters.
The opening page of Kids Discover Skin, describing the first two (of five) benefits of your skin. If you look closely, the colored vignettes behind the characters are fingerprints.
An infotoon regarding water conservation. -Kids Discover Environment
Some tips on how to reduce, reuse, and recycle for kids, from Kids Discover Environment.
Heat wave issues, from Kids Discover Extreme Weather.
Cold weather issues, from Kids Discover Extreme Weather.
The Long and Winding Road of Earth's geological timescale. I originally thought a Candy Land-esque approach would be cool, but opted to shift the perspective a bit, and let kids help me draw out the scene. -Kids Discover Earth
An infotoon describing the different types of weather fronts, from the Kids Book of Weather Forecasting by Mark Breen.
I believe there's a joke in everything—including nebulae. -Kids Discover Stars
An unpublished experiment
Helping kids to concoct their own Rube Goldberg device. -Family Fun magazine
I drew this about 8 years ago, but the concept just keeps coming back.
A bit of word search fun from Kids Discover Bicycles.
An infotoon on the percentages of energy use in the typical home. -Kids Discover Electricity
An infotoon for some ways for kids to keep safe around electricity. -Kids Discover Electricity
I just think elephants and kids always go well together.
Who doesn't love a tree house?
A self portrait...
A bit of protective advice regarding West Nile virus.
A little ditty about parallel universes. It's this type of illustration I find interesting and challenging--putting an image to a concept for which there is no known image.
An infotoon about how lightning occurs.
An infotoon on how the water cycle works. -Kids Discover Water
I don't honestly remember what this was for. Probably one of those "find ten things wrong" pieces. I think it was for Family Fun magazine.
This was a piece on transportation for Family Fun magazine.
A spread from Kids Discover Space. As long as we were talking about cookies, I decided to use one for the surface of the planet in the foreground. I believe it's a Keebler.
Just another day at the South Pole... for Family Fun magazine.