We've just released a brand new version of PrestoBingo Shapes, our iPhone and iPad app that teaches basic shapes and counting to kids. I'm particularly excited about this version, because it includes 4 new animated and illustrated shape puzzles. It also has a new swipe feature so you can move between puzzles more easily.
Making this app has been a great project to work on, but it's a big app store, and small developers like us have to work hard to get found. We greatly appreciate tweets, ratings or reviews on the app store. And good old-fashioned word of mouth? Best. Ever.
The Chronicle Review recently asked me to illustrate this decision tree, concepted by Xarissa Holdaway. There are so many options for college students to get their textbooks these day and this infographic helps them sort out all the options, in a slightly silly way.
I recently illustrated a story about TV advertising and children. The top four categories that are marketed to kids? Fast foods, sugared cereals, sugary drinks, and candy. In other words: fat, sugar, sugar, and sugar. Oh, no! You can read the full article, by Dr. Perri Klass, here.
I'm always up for an illustration challenge. This assignment was interesting because the topic, puberty in boys, meant that I couldn't really show anything that the article talks about directly. So how do you illustrate puberty, without showing puberty?
You can read the complete story, by Dr. Perri Klass, here.
Here is a recent illustration for Dr. Perri Klass' story on Antibiotics. I'm not sure if I've ever had the chance to draw bacteria before. It was fun, though I make no promises that they are anatomically correct.
... side by side, on the table sat. Eugene Field's poem, The Duel, was one of my favorites as a kid (and maybe still is). These are my paintings for Cats & Dogs & Dogs & Cats, opening tonight at the Spur Gallery. See you there!
Cover and interior pieces for this month's issue of The Chronicle Review about the changes technology is having on teaching and learning. AD: Ellen Winkler.
While waiting for my daughter's violin lesson to end this week, I received an email from The New York Times asking me to illustrate a story on how music lessons change children's brains. Okay, now I'm feeling pretty good. Apparently, music lessons early in life develop some rather important auditory skills that can stay with kids into adulthood.
The full story, written by Dr. Perri Klass, is here. Art direction by Peter Morance.
After months of designing, coding, animating, re-coding and illustrating, we're happy to announce that PrestoBingo Shapes is now available for the iPhone! We're so excited to see our app expanding and we hope to tackle more devices in the future.
I recently finished a series of illustrations for On Wisconsin Magazine. The story is about the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE), a project the University of Wisconsin has been working on for five decades. This particular spot was the perfect excuse to make worm type. Some days I have the best job ever.
This piece, for The New York Times, talks about how memory develops in young children. Freud thought that we all repressed our early childhood memories, but recent studies suggest that is not the case. The full story is here.
This is the third year that we have had the pleasure of designing and illustrating the promotional materials for the Gunpowder River Artfest. The event, sponsored by NBCAF and hosted by Boordy Vineyards, is designed to promote the arts in North Baltimore County. There will be over 60 artists exhibiting, as well as music, food, children's activities, and wine tastings.
We will be there with lots of Spur Stor goodies, including some new prints that are fresh off the presses! Stop by booth 47 and say hello! The festival is June 2, 2012 from 12-7.
This piece is for an article by Dr. Perri Klass on how a parent's depression can affect the health of their children, art directed by Peter Morance. Scribbly clouds always make me happy, even if it's for a sad topic.
I had a lot of fun putting this illustration together for The New York Times. The article "Can Fido and Whiskers Enrich Children’s Lives?”, discusses whether or not there are real benefits to having pets.