My artwork has made the cover of Stories for Children Magazine's May 2008 issue!
No, this isn't the first cover I've illustrated for SFC, it's actually the third. BUT - as art director - with this one I decided to try something new with the cover design. If you compare it to the other SFC covers, you'll notice this one has a more "official" magazine look.
I did quite a bit of research on other children's magazine covers, and I noticed some covers are so full of words that the cover art is barely over the size of a magazine spot - maybe taking up 1/3 of the page. I feel the more art for the eye, the better. Kids love art - they love color! I wanted the cover to have plenty of that, as that's the first thing you see when you pick up the magazine. So I came up with the new layout, leaving the whole body of the page for the cover art. For comparison, here are the other 2 covers I illustrated for Stories:
This one is the April 2008 cover (SFC turned one on April 1st):
The one below is SFC's November 2007 Cover (this one also made the Top 5 in the 2007 Preditors & Editors Reader's Poll, Category: Best Magazine Cover Art):
So as you can see, the May cover is quite different from the rest. And the layout probably will change somewhat with time - but I think we're really moving forward. I was very excited to work on the new design with the help of the editors at SFC. We all really like it, and we hope our readers do, too.
Stories for Children Magazine has only been around for one year, and it's SUCH a fast growing magazine, one of the absolute best on the web. Be sure to check out the latest issue by clicking here.