40 Years Ago: Drawing Muppets!

Back in 1978 (before computers), I was a young, single mom with a delightful baby daughter. As a freelance artist working from home, I was thrilled when employment opportunities came my way.

My Mom (aged 92) recently gave me a box of stuff containing a photo album with several magazine covers illustrated with my drawings. What an amazing gift!

Creating drawings for the covers of a weekly magazine was a fun way to make money! Each week, the publisher gave me photos of a celebrity (or celebrities) as references for my next drawing. This cover is definitely one of my all-time favorites. You can’t help but smile when you look at their faces.

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About Brenda Hoddinott
Award-winning artist and author; illustrator, art educator, curriculum designer, co-owner of Drawspace.com, owner of Drawspace Publishing, and retired forensic artist Brenda has developed art curricula and taught multidisciplinary arts since 1980. During her 25-year career as a forensic artist, Brenda worked with diverse criminal investigative agencies including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Department of National Defense, private investigative agencies, and municipal police departments. Brenda and her partner John live in the suburbs of Halifax, Nova Scotia with their two SPCA rescue dogs: Timber the Huskador and Katie the Pitweiler. Their blended human family includes five adult children and two grandchildren. Books by Brenda Hoddinott include: 2012: Introduction to Contour Lines (Drawspace Publishing) 2012: Introduction to Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2011: Illustrated Dictionary of Art-Related Terms (Drawspace Publishing) 2010: Getting Started with Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2004: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Drawing People Illustrated (Alpha Books) 2003: Drawing for Dummies (Wiley Publishing, Inc.)

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