New piece for The Boston Globe, to accompany a write-up about Richard Scarry! The article analyzed the changes made to Busytown between the late 60s and early 90s to correspond with the growing urban economy and gender role shifts. Here are a few [pictures] to point out some subtle and hilarious differences. Thanks again to Dan Zedek for the awesome assignment.
And on the topic of children's imagery: some of you might know that aside from making illustrations, I also teach Mandarin to babies a couple of days a week. (The class is called Little Dumplings.) It is a very different job, but there are some overlaps. For every class, I create some sort of craft for the babies to "make". (This basically means I execute about 95% of the craft and they put a sticker on it.) I thought it would be fun to share some of them, so you can all get a sense of my range.
Also, through experience, I have found that if you put a googly eye on anything, it is instantly cute! Go on, try it.