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Cat and Mice

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)

© Barbara Spurll

Imagine if...Fish could Fly

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

© Barbara Spurll

Flossing Dog

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.

© Barbara Spurll

Circus Farm Animals

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)

© Barbara Spurll

Bicycle

Farm animals riding a tandem bicycle (keywords: goose, goat, sheep, cow, humour, education, chicken, tandem bicycle)

© Barbara Spurll

Pink Elephant

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)

© Barbara Spurll

Emma beating egg

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)

© Barbara Spurll

What if Bugs Could Dance...

One of a series of "Imagine If" illustrations commissioned by Your Big Backyard Magazine (keywords: bugs, insects, aphid, cricket, prey mantis, preying mantis, bees, ants, butterfly, monarch, lady bird, lady bug, centipede, cockroach, dragon fly, grasshopper, expression, character development, humour, whimsical, caricature, anthropomorphic)

© Barbara Spurll

Emma with sheep

'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)

© Barbara Spurll

Mouse

Astonished mouse (keywords: rodent, mammal, expression, character development, humour)

© Barbara Spurll

Jungle Food Fight

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)

© Barbara Spurll

Elephant Baby

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.

© Barbara Spurll

Animal Crackers

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)

© Barbara Spurll

Reflection Puzzle

Reflection Puzzle was commissioned by Your Big Backyard Magazine (keywords: beaver, deer, squirrel, bird, frog, reflection, puzzle, game, humour, expression, caricature, anthropomorphic, character development)

© Barbara Spurll

Crying Tortoise

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)

© Barbara Spurll

Emma running from pig

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)

© Barbara Spurll

Basketball-playing Pandas

"Imagine if Pandas Played Basketball" was commissioned by Your Big Backyard Magazine. (keywords: panda, Asia, Asian, leopard, yak, basketball hoop, expression, character development, humour, whimsical, caricature, folk tale, anthropomorphic)

© Barbara Spurll

Santa

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)

© AUGUST STORCK KG

Snowman

Snowman packaging for Toffifee 3-pack. (keywords: squirrel, Christmas, holiday, packaging, product, snowman, humour, expression, caricature, character development)

©AUGUST STORCK KG

Imagine if Kangaroos Shopped at the Grocery store

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)

© Barbara Spurll

The Elephant in the Room

The Elephant in the Room is a magazine spot illustration. (keywords: elephant, masquerade, people, man, woman, men, women, suits, businessmen, spot, vignette, editorial, magazine)

© Barbara Spurll

Emma with Corn spread

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)

© Barbara Spurll

Rainy Day Opera A

Rainy Day Opera was commissioned by Chirp Magazine (keywords: owl, turtle dove, fish, deer, crow, bullfrog, crickets, dragonfly, robin, rain)

© Barbara Spurll

Rainy Day Opera B

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)

© Barbara Spurll

Dinosaur in the Jungle

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)

© Barbara Spurll

Pipe-smoking Frog

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)

© Barbara Spurll

Strutting frog

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)

© Barbara Spurll

The Fox's Banquet

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)

© Barbara Spurll

After the Feast

Fox's Banquet spot (keywords: fox, seeds, food, humour, humor, expression, educational, anthropomorphic)

© Barbara Spurll

Toffifee Elves

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)

© August Storck KG

Harry

Harry the Street Pigeon was commissioned by GL Education Group. (keywords: pigeon, bird, city street, feet, shoes, spot illustration, educational, humour, action, expression, caricature)

© Barbara Spurll

WishBook

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)

© Sears Canada

Wingspread

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)

© Barbara Spurll

Eagle

Spot illustration commissioned by Macleans Magazine (keywords: bald eagle, American eagle, chicks, nest, American flag, expression, character development, humour, whimsical, caricature, anthropomorphic)

© Barbara Spurll

Musical Snakes

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)

© Barbara Spurll

Sonoran Desert

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)

© Barbara Spurll

Yankee Doodle Bull

Vignette illustration commissioned by a financial newsletter. (keywords: cliff, bull, Yankee Doodle, American icon, humour, expression, caricature, character development, whimsical, anthropomorphic)

© Barbara Spurll

What if Elephants Could Scuba Dive...

One of a series of illustrations in the "Imagine if" series, commissioned by Your Big Backyard Magazine (keywords: starfish, stingray, elephant, puffer fish, sea horse, coral, squid, angel fish, clown fish, jelly fish, tropical fish, underwater, scuba-diving, scuba diving, scuba tank, goggles, fins, humour, expression, caricature, anthropomorphic, character development)

© Barbara Spurll

Parasites and Your Dog

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)

© Barbara Spurll

Little Red Hen

"It smells scrumptious! Can we pleeeease have a taste?" begged the cat in her sweetest voice. (keywords: goose, cat, rat, red hen, pig, humour, expression, caricature, anthropomorphic)

© Barbara Spurll

Giraffes Lived at the North Pole

'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)

© Barbara Spurll

Elephant in the Jungle

Elephant charging through the jungle with children, parents/teachers, golden retreiver, parrot, butterfly and frog.

© Barbara Spurll

Dog Food Fight

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)

© Barbara Spurll

Cunning Fox

from the educational early reader, The Fox and the Goose (keywords: fox, plotting, cunning, sneaky, humour, humor, expression, educational, character development, anthropomorphic)

© Barbara Spurll

Rooster

'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

© Barbara Spurll

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Barbara Spurll

Biography

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