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Barbara Spurll

illustration of Spread from an educational picture book. An orange tabby cat has become a new addition to a household where a family of mice live. (keywords: whimsical, humour, humor, cat, tabby, mouse, mice, expression, caricature, action)
illustration of Imagine if...Fish Could Fly was created for the back page of Your Big Backyard Magazine keywords: child, children, boy, girl, lion fish, bird, tropical fish, whimsical, fun, children's magazine
illustration of Spot illustration, Flossing Dog, commissioned by Dogs in Canada Magazine includes keywords- animal, hound, canine, dog, spaniel, sink, bathroom, toothbrush, toothpaste, dog bone, spot, expression, caricature, anthropomorphic.
illustration of Cow, goat, sheep, geese, ducks and chickens go the circus on a tandem bicycle. Pigs, dogs, sheep, horses, geese cows, and a rabbit look on. (keywords: whimsical, humour, humor, farm, expression, caricature, action)
illustration of Farm animals riding a tandem bicycle (keywords: goose, goat, sheep, cow, humour, education, chicken, tandem bicycle)
illustration of Pink elephant in jungle clearing
(Keywords: lemur, elephant, whimsical, fantasy, boy, girl, children, kids, dog, golden retriever, lion, rabbit, hare, cheetah, warthog, zebra, giraffe, love birds, hornbill, bird, 
humour, expression, caricature, anthropomorphic, character development)
illustration of Emma beating egg is from the children's picture book, Emma's Eggs. (keywords: chicken, hen, egg white, egg yolk, whimsical, humour, humor, farm, expression, caricature, action)
illustration of One of a series of
illustration of 'Emma with Sheep' is a spread from the children's picture book Emma's Cold Day by Margriet Ruurs. © Barbara Spurll (keywords: whimsical, humour, caricature, sheep, hen, chicken, children's picture book, farm animals, bird, mammal, character development)
illustration of Astonished mouse (keywords: rodent, mammal, expression, character development, humour)
illustration of Jungle Food Fight (keywords: rooster, chicken, monkey, dinosaur, T-rex, croc, crocodile, cheetah, beaver, kangaroo, cupcakes, banana, octopus, frog, peacock, tomato, egg, spaghetti, fig, jungle, food, strawberry, orange, fight, humour, expression, caricature, anthropomorphic)
illustration of Elephant and baby, giraffe, baboon, hippo, ostrich and hornbill in African setting, includes keywords: elephant, baby, giraffe, baboon, hippo, ostrich, hornbill, Africa, whimsical, character development, humour.
illustration of Packaging illustration for Nabisco's, Barnum's Animal Crackers package (keywords: packaging, product, animal, lion, tiger, giraffe, zebra, elephant, mammal, whimsical, humour, humor, jungle, cartoon, caricature)
illustration of Reflection Puzzle was commissioned by Your Big Backyard Magazine (keywords: beaver, deer, squirrel, bird, frog, reflection, puzzle, game, humour, expression, caricature, anthropomorphic, character development)
illustration of Illustration from the children's picture book, The Flying Tortoise by Tololwa M. Mollel (keywords: crowned crane, sunbird, pigeon, dove, flamingo, hornbill, sparrow, bird, Africa, parrot, tortoise, expression, character development, humour, whimsical, caricature, folk tale, anthropomorphic)
illustration of Illustration from children's picture book, Emma's Cold Day (keywords: hen, chicken, action, pig, piglets, sow, boar, humour, anthropomorphic, expression, children’s picture book)
illustration of
illustration of Santa packaging for Toffifee 3-pack.
(keywords: Santa Claus, Christmas, toy, gift, present, jack-in-the-box, toy horn, Raggedy Ann doll, teddy bear, locomotive, drum, chimney, snow, holiday, packaging, product, humour, expression, caricature, character development)
illustration of Snowman packaging for Toffifee 3-pack.
(keywords: squirrel, Christmas, holiday, packaging, product, snowman, humour, expression, caricature, character development)
illustration of Imagine if Kangaroos Shopped at the Grocery Store was commissioned by Your Big Backyard Magazine. (keywords: bananas, celery, carrots, groceries, supermarket, retail store, shop, shopping cart, baby kangaroo, humour, expression, caricature, anthropomorphic)
illustration of The Elephant in the Room is a magazine spot illustration. (keywords: elephant, masquerade, people, man, woman, men, women, suits, businessmen, spot, vignette, editorial, magazine)
illustration of A spread for the children's picture book, Emma and the Coyote, publisher Fitzhenry & Whiteside (keywords: chicken, hen, rooster, coyote, chicks, whimsical, humour, humor, farm, expression, caricature, action)
illustration of Rainy Day Opera was commissioned by Chirp Magazine (keywords: owl, turtle dove, fish, deer, crow, bullfrog, crickets, dragonfly, robin, rain)
illustration of Rainy Day Opera was commissioned by Chirp Magazine (keywords: tabby cat, bullfrog, bear, humming bird, fire flies, crane, raccoon, rain, 
humour, expression, caricature, anthropomorphic, character development)
illustration of Dinosaur in the Jungle (keywords: kids, children, child, boy, girl, animals, mammals, reptiles, monkey, dinosaur, T-rex, tyrannosaurus rex, cheetah, golden retriever, dog, frog, flowers, jungle, costumes, butterfly, snake, expression, action, character development, humour, whimsical, caricature, anthropomorphic)
illustration of Frog with Pipe is from the cover of children's picture book Rhinos for Lunch and Elephants for Supper! by Tololwa M. Mollel. © Barbara Spurll

(keywords: rhino, rhinoceros, elephant, hare, rabbit, leopard, fox, frog, children's book, humour, action, expression, caricature, anthropomorphic)
illustration of Illustration from children's picture book, Rhinos for Lunch and Elephants for Supper! by Tololwa M. Mollel
(keywords: folk tale, frog pipe, caterpillar, butterfly, expression, character development, humour, whimsical, caricature, anthropomorphic)
illustration of Spread from the educational picture book, The Fox's Banquet, published by Macmillan McGraw-Hill. (keywords: fox, bird, blue jay, goose, food, berries, corn, tomatoes, cherries, peas, humour, humor, expression, educational)
illustration of Fox's Banquet spot (keywords: fox, seeds, food, humour, humor, expression, educational, anthropomorphic)
illustration of Toffifee Elves Holiday 3-pack
(keywords: elves, racoon, reindeer, deer, Santa Claus, Christmas, holiday, packaging, product,  house, chimney, snow ball fight, play, Christmas tree, snowman, humour, expression, caricature, character development)
illustration of Harry the Street Pigeon was commissioned by GL Education Group.
(keywords: pigeon, bird, city street, feet, shoes, spot illustration, educational,
humour, action, expression, caricature)
illustration of Catalogue cover for Sears WishBook, commissioned by Sears.
(keywords: catalogue cover, toys, stuffed animals, stuffies, train, locomotive, pig, owl, mouse, doll, teddy bear, frog, sail boat, jack-in-the-box, monkey, alligator, Raggedy Ann, Raggedy Andy, tin soldier, beaver, cat, deer, chick, toucan, rabbit, bunny, racoon, lamb, koala, beaver, elephant, Christmas, holiday, humour, expression, caricature, character development)
illustration of Illustration from the children's picture book, The Flying Tortoise by Tololwa M. Mollel
(keywords: crowned crane, sunbird, pigeon, dove, flamingo, hornbill, sparrow, bird, Africa, parrot, tortoise, expression, character development, humour, whimsical, caricature, folk tale, anthropomorphic)
illustration of Spot illustration commissioned by Macleans Magazine
(keywords: bald eagle, American eagle, chicks, nest, American flag, 
expression, character development, humour, whimsical, caricature, anthropomorphic)
illustration of Musical Snakes was commissioned as a spread for Your Big Backyard Magazine. (keywords: snake, mouse, bird, tambourine, drum, triangle, cow bell, maraca, bells, expression, caricature, humour, music, musical instrument, anthropomorphic)
illustration of Illustration for Time for Kids Magazine feature.
(keywords: roadrunner, cactus, cacti, Sonoran desert, rattlesnake, snake, mouse, lizard, owl, coyote,  turtle, flowers, expression, character development, humour, whimsical, caricature)
illustration of Vignette illustration commissioned by a financial newsletter.
(keywords: cliff, bull, Yankee Doodle, American icon, humour, expression, caricature, character development, whimsical, anthropomorphic)
illustration of One of a series of illustrations in the
illustration of Commissioned by Dogs in Canada Magazine for a feature about parasites and your dog
(keywords: dog, golden retriever, parasites, pests, insects, fleas, ticks, round worm, mites, tape worm, jungle foliage, expression, action, character development, humour, whimsical, caricature)
illustration of
illustration of 'Imagine if...Giraffes Lived at the North Pole' was part of a series of back page illustrations commissioned by Your Big Backyard Magazine.
(keywords: giraffe, north pole, winter, igloo, sled, skiing, skating, humour, action, expression, caricature, anthropomorphic)
illustration of Elephant charging through the jungle with children, parents/teachers, golden retreiver, parrot, butterfly and frog.
illustration of Commissioned by Dogs in Canada Magazine, Dog Food Fight illustrated an article on dog nutrition and won a Maxwell Award in the category of Humorous Illustration.
(keywords: dog, terrier, cocker spaniel, bull dog, weimaraner, dalmation, turkey, food 
fight, expression, action, character development, humour, whimsical, caricature, anthropomorphic)
illustration of from the educational early reader, The Fox and the Goose
(keywords: fox, plotting, cunning, sneaky, humour, humor, expression, educational, character development, anthropomorphic)
illustration of 'Rooster' is a full page illustration from the children's picture book Emma and the Coyote by Margriet Ruurs.
(keywords: barnyard, farmyard, chicks, rooster, chicken, farmer, humour, expression, caricature, character development, children’s picture book

Profile

Born in the UK and raised in Winnipeg, Barbara started life drawing classes at age 16. Several years later she moved to Toronto to pursue her career in art. After studying fine art at The New School of Art and The Artists’ Workshop and illustration at George Brown College, Barbara launched her own free lance business. Her client list has included The Toronto Star, The Financial Post, Outdoor Canada Magazine, Dogs in Canada Magazine, Macleans, Chatelaine, The National Wildlife Federation, Owl and Chickadee Magazines, KidsCan Press, Scholastic Inc., McDonalds, Purina, Time Inc., Oxford University Press, Sears Canada, Storck, Nabisco and many others. Barbara has a number of award winning children’s picture books to her credit including Rhinos for Lunch and Elephants for Supper!, The Flying Tortoise and Emma’s Eggs. Her continuing pursuit of new horizons has led Barbara to establish a new alla prima style, specifically for her portrait work.

Style/Techniques

Caricature, Cartoon, Figurative, Line with Color, Mixed Media, Silhouette, Stylized, Watercolor, Whimsical

Subject/Specialties

Humor, Action, Adventure, Animals, Book Covers, Character Development, Children, Children's Books, Children's Products, Corporate, Editorial, Education, Family, Fantasy, Food, Holidays, Licensing, Nature, Packaging, People, Political, Product, Sports, Toys & Games, Transportation, Wildlife, Americana, Agriculture, Food/Beverage, Lifestyle, Vintage / Retro, Youth, Ethnic