The cartoonist behind Just Outside the box cartoons

My name is Martina and I’m a cartoonist and illustrator of children’s books

I aim to inspire young children’s imagination through humor and colourfully illustrated books. My cartoons are enjoyed by all ages and cover musings of day to day life. I create a new cartoon every week, as it helps me exercise the right side of my brain. If you’d like to join in on the cartoon fun, then sign up to my subscription list and be ensured of receiving at least one email during the work week, aimed solely at putting a smile on your face.

My recent book, How to make an alien, is inspired by the wonders of black holes from outer space. Through the fun of aliens I can introduce young minds to the wonders of science. This project has gone beyond a mere reading book, and the art and concept has grown into a full on interactive experience. Within the story is an online provider of space objects – Cosmic Caboodle – which supplies the character with all of the intergalactic space objects required to make an alien.

Cosmic Caboodle is a website which allows readers to learn more about astronomy under the guise on an ‘online e-store’ where you can view space products and then buy (for free) space objects (downloadable files which allow you to make your very own black hole and other highly sought after space objects).

But wait, there’s more… In-between the single panel cartoons and books I also undertake mini (I use this word lightly, as mini grows rapidly into maxi) drawing projects that I then sell on my online e-stores. My recent mini project has developed a life of its own; so I felt the need to call it something more than just a project. I now fondly refer to it as my Art of Series. Here, I recreate timeless art favourites by interpreting them through a cartoon filter and transporting them into everyday modern life. It fuses famous art and everyday life by incorporating the actual product within the context of the art. Take a closer look and you’ll notice each product has a slightly different element subtly incorporated within the drawing. In this way, I hope to bring some fun to everyday life. So now that we’ve come to the end of this page, why not pop over to my Art of series page and explore the works of Warhol, Rodin, Da Vinci and many more…

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