Copyright 2019 Joey Strain

"The Pajama Goblin's Nightly Parade"
The prompt for this assignment was to create a 10.5 by 18 inch illustration that could act as a children's book spread. I created a cast of woodland creatures that I thought could make an interesting neighborhood. The pajama goblin's are a bit noisy and disrespectful of other's boundaries, and make a lot of noise in the late hours of the night.
Watercolor on cold press watercolor paper

Copyright 2019 Joey Strain

"Huzzah, The Tree Festival Cometh"
The prompt for this assignment was to create a 10.5 by 18 inch illustration that could act as a children's book spread. I imagine this illustration to tell the story of a momentous event inside of a large, magical tree where I assume a fabulous party is taking place.
 Watercolor on cold press watercolor paper

Copyright 2019 Joey Strain

"Darwin"
The prompt for this assignment was to create an illustration of an animal headed human. I chose the animal to be a bearded dragon, a type of lizard native to Australia. I used my  pet bearded dragon named Darwin as reference.
colored pencil on marker paper
"Imposter!"
The prompt for this assignment was to create a narrative in three illustrations. The initial shot needed to be from afar, the next needed to be a close up view of an animal, and in the final shot, something dramatic had to happen. I chose to show a moose being watched from afar and then revealing itself to be in fact an alien creature in a moose costume.
 micron pen on bristol paper

Copyright 2019 Joey Strain

"Cicada Frame"
The prompt for this assignment was to create four items that would be difficult to tell apart unless an expert on them was viewing them. I chose four different types of cicadas.
micron pen on bristol paper

Copyright 2019 Joey Strain

"The Boy and the Trolls of Hedal Woods"
The prompt for this assignment was to create an illustration to be paired with a folktale or myth. I chose an old Norwegian folktale about a boy outsmarting a trio of trolls.
india ink on scratchboard
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