Spot Illustrations for a Children's Publication

Here are eight recent spot illustrations done for a children's magazine that won't be published for a few months...  (so I can't say which one right now.)  The theme of the article is about the origins of common games we all know and play.  

Adobe illustrator is becoming more and more my program of choice these days.  I don't know if it's because it produces such clean art, or the fact that it has unlimited "undos".    All I know is that it takes the sloppy artist in me and cleans him right up... like having my own personal illustration robot to do my bidding.

 The game of chess originated in India where the bishop was actually a camel or elephant.

The game of chess originated in India where the bishop was actually a camel or elephant.

 Kite flying got it's start in China.

Kite flying got it's start in China.

 Checkers has 3000 year old roots in Iraq.

Checkers has 3000 year old roots in Iraq.

 The game of marbles originated in Egypt.

The game of marbles originated in Egypt.

 The game of Jacks used to be called "knucklebones" and originated in Greece... and used real bones!

The game of Jacks used to be called "knucklebones" and originated in Greece... and used real bones!

 We have the Dutch to thank for our jump-ropes.

We have the Dutch to thank for our jump-ropes.

 An ancient Greek vase was found with art depicting someone playing with a yo-yo.

An ancient Greek vase was found with art depicting someone playing with a yo-yo.

 A 3500 year old clay top was found in Iraq.

A 3500 year old clay top was found in Iraq.