I recently got an assignment to illustrate the cover of a magazine, for their fall children’s book issue. My wife suggested I think of a quotation about books, then bring it to life in a picture. I immediately thought of the great Groucho Marx line; “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”

The magazine chose a different idea, so I’m sending this one right to the top.

Pastel and colored pencil, with a little help from Photoshop