Tuesday, March 6, 2012

I get to draw conquistadors?? My job is awesome.

Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto sharing a 'friendly' meal with an Indian chief
De Soto's men discover Ortiz, a survivor from a previous failed expedition who has been living among the Native Americans
De Soto meets the Lady of Cofitachequi

Here are some more illustrations I just did for an educational publishing company called Core Knowledge. The biggest challenge was finding a way to simplify my process in order to meet a tight deadline without sacrificing quality (hence the huge stylistic departure). Don't know that I'm there yet, but I was super-glad for the opportunity and had a lot of fun (maybe too much fun, as evidenced by all that ridiculous foilage?)

What do you think of this style? Does it work, or no? As always, your opinions, critiques, sage advice complete with lengthy anecdotes and heck, even bad puns are most welcome, so please feel free to comment.


brittany said...


I love this simplified style so much it is fantastic! your doing core knowledge work?


becca said...

Thanks, Brittany, that means a lot! Yeah, they said they found me through a link on someone else's blog (not sure who). Anyway, I'm really glad to be doing some illustrating. You totally inspired me, by the way, with the awesome stuff you've been doing for them. I guess I thought educational publishing had to be 100% serious (and dare I say, boring). Seeing how phenomenal your work is and how much fun you obviously had doing it made me realize otherwise.

James L Johnson said...

Nice Becca! I especially love teh table showdown. :) I did some stuff for Core Knowledge as well, one on Spanish missionaries (close) and one on Ray Charles (far...out) Hope life is great!