See Food

While there is no better job than illustrating material for children, I’ve managed to raise the bar a bit on the entire process in regards to the business side. First, using scanned food (yes, it gets a bit messy sometimes) as art saves time, and makes every trip to the grocery a lot more interesting. Second, one can eat all the mistakes as well as the successes. And third (the most important aspect of all), it’s tax deductible.

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One of many semi-annual catalog covers produced for Williamson Publishing. In the process I discovered that several pieces of Dentyne stuck to a sheet of sandpaper was a wonderful substitute for a brick wall. My office reeked of cinammon for weeks afterward.

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Speaking of cookies (and their preparation), I felt compelled to use one as the surface of the planet in the foreground. I believe it was a Keebler.

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What better to represent the sun than something that requires a lot of it? The delicious orange helps to explain the seasons.

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From an issue of Kids Discover magazine on the Mississippi River, a look at how a lock system operates (sans text), replete with broccoli used as trees along the bank.

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An activity page (this from Kids Discover Telescopes) where, when faced with the prospect of drawing an entire planet, I found it much easier to pull a cantaloupe from the fridge, hang it from a wire, and pull out the trusty Nikon.

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I just think brussel sprouts are funny regardless of what they're used for. This one just happened to end up as some kind of alien.

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Along the lines of Dentyne as bricks (and not to show any gum-chewing favoritism), I've also discovered that sticks of Big Red make for excellent flooring. This image is from In the Days of Dinosaurs, by Howard Temperley.

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From that same book (In the Days of Dinosaurs) I was asked to illustrate the coming of the comet that brought about a mass extinction, and felt that a huge black walnut would suffice.

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Another activity page from Kids Discover (this one on Mark Twain). To wit; cauliflower makes for terrific steam (and clouds). Some kids wrote in asking if I had used marshmallows for the cotton bales (blank tiles), but such was not the case. I probably will next time though...

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This Punzle (it's a type of word search game) from Family Fun magazine is a conglomeration of things. The roof is made from a salmon skin; the steps are made from wheat bread, the trees from broccoli, the clouds from cauliflower, and the grass (though not edible) is made from one of those kitchen scrubber sponges.

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