Butterfly Costume

Just in time for Halloween costume ideas!
Sally Springer

Digitally revamped illustration from A Costume for Noah, KarBen Copies, 1995.

The Vanity of Human Wishes

Now working on a proposal for a (non-kids') book about Samuel Johnson the 18th century English writer and lexicographer.  A few pages are devoted to illustrated definitions from his 1755 Dictionary of the English Language.  This is from his entry on the tarantula.
     By Jon Buller

Weeping Mermaid

My mermaid illustration for this month's theme on the blog is rather a sad image.
I painted this back in 2010 as a fundraising image for the 'Ripple' auction to raise money towards the rescue of creatures caught in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill catastrophe.
Over $11,000 was raised by the auction of hundreds of small pieces of donated art.

June Goulding

MerBaby's Lullaby

This is a spread from a collaborative book written by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Elizabeth Dulemba, currently being shopped by Jane's agent.

Mermaid theme art

Ever since I was a kid I loved the idea of mermaids. This piece of art was for a Highlights Puzzle, the idea came from a piece of art that I had on my website. It was a very fun job.
By Susan Miller.

Mermaid Plus

This was originally done as a single mermaid 
for a PBAA promotional. 
The background atmosphere is recent.
By Sally Springer.

Themed Art: Mermaids

I've drawn quite a few mermaids over the years, for this project or that. One of the most inspiring was to illustrate Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Little Mermaid', one of the titles of the "Anata no Shiranai Andersen" series I did for Hyoronsha. Here's a few of the images.

Mermaids and Manatees

Can you believe that manatees were once mistaken for mythological mermaids!  Even Christopher Columbus reported seeing mermaids (the first sighting of manatees in North America).


watercolor illustration by 
Steven James Petruccio

Deep Sea Piggies

Hidden Picture Puzzle
Highlights For Children
by Patrick Girouard


From 20,000 BASEBALL CARDS UNDER THE SEA, by Susan Schade and Jon Buller, Random House Step-Into-Reading, 1991.  Watercolor and ink with some airbrush.  This is supposed to be a view through a submarine porthole.  In its day this book sold 470K copies.  It is no longer in print, but we still live in the house it helped to pay for.
By Susan Schade and Jon Buller.

Found Pets!

Just found some cover art I did some years back and since we're showing off our pets this month...

cover art by
Steven James Petruccio