I've done a bunch of back page illustrations for Macleans over the years, but sometimes the art director has something a little different. I always say "Count me in!".
One time I got to do an illustration that looks like a colouring book page:
And here's one for J.K. Rowling's first venture into grown-up fiction, "A Casual Vacancy":
This one is a vintage-looking Snakes n' Ladders board with a bunch of tidbits about the Canadian economy. We were always a board-gaming household and one of my first favourites was our old-school Snakes n' Ladders board with moral lessons for the snakes and ladders. Example: Eat snacks before dinner / spoil your appetite! Snake! Study hard / pass the test! Ladder!
Here are some of the spot illustrations that go in the little game squares. I don't often draw full body shots of teeny-tiny people so that was something new for me:
I had a lot of fun coming up with concepts for each tidbit of writing.
This one's straightforward -- Target stores in Canada miss their mark and close all their stores:
Trans-Pacific Partnership deal. I made them wear old-timey bathing suits because the board was supposed to have a vintage flavour:
This one was my favourite. Had to do with the Bank of Canada Governor shocking the market by cutting the overnight rate :D :
There were a bunch more on the board, hope you like them!