Friday, January 6

A new year message arrives!

The old year has grown old with woe... but a message arrives from the New Year requesting imaginations to alight and rejoice.  And so we might try... having little choice in the matter.

This is from a hilarious graphic novel sort of story I wrote up. I think it's hilarious... as penguins tend to be.

Saturday, December 31

Some new sketches...

It's a bit peculiar how artists and their drawings seem related. Once I had a famous illustrator come visit my studio and the first thing that popped into my head as she walked up the steps was 'You look exactly like your drawings!' - even though her drawings are mostly of bunnies and mice. In any event, here's to a fun new year of making art.

Tuesday, December 20

Happy Holidays!

It's that time of year for a little bit of 

 holiday, holiday, holiday art!

Here's wishing everyone lots of

Happy Holidays! 

Wednesday, December 7

From the picturebook dummy to the real book

 Before a book is real, it first appears as a 'dummy'. That is to say it's a rough version of what will be the finish art and text.  I made this dummy book with my printer and tape and lots of cleverness.  

Here's a post showing how a book might change and progress between the first sketched out dummy book and the final printed book.

Some of the pictures and words are slightly changed with each new version made as the book evolves.

It's almost more fun playing with the sketches than doing all the finish work, but it's always a challenge trying to keep the sketches loose.

But I guess the the very first version of the book was the  Indesign file that came before the homemade version.

Of course now that I see the rough version and the finish book, I just want to rewrite it all and change the art... occupational hazard I guess.

Thursday, November 24

Tuesday, November 1

Honored to be part of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency

I'm happy to be able to finally announce what an honor it is to be invited to become part of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency - represented by Lara Perkins.

Luckily I have no shortage of picturebook ideas. It's flattering to be in the company of other artists and writers who have been my online friends for years - Janee Trasler, Kim Norman, Emilie Boon, Calef Brown, Renee Kurilla, Nina Laden, Mary Peterson, Paul Meisel and many more.

So - I'll be busy writing - or more precisely, re-writing!  I was an English major after all...

Monday, October 24

The Holiday of imagination...

Halloween Night - the Holiday where imagination and costumes are key.

I think being a pirate was always my favorite - a nice safe daytime pursuit. And I think I liked all the 18th century overtones of decor - knee-pants - buckles - scarves and three-cornered hats.

Saturday, October 15

There's just thumpin' about a pumpkin...

There's just thumpin' about a pumpkin that can't be beat. Meanwhile, back on the Rain Ranch here in Seattle, we dodged a bullet with Windstorm #1 (which failed to materialize but still left 3" of rain). But now it's on to the really big remnants of Typhoon Songdo - due this afternoon! Batten down the pumpkins.

Wednesday, October 5

October Inktober

Here are some pictures from my new book 'Amazing Autumn'.  Lots of leaves - even though in fact I only painted about a dozen in real life - the rest were cloned.
An autumnal sidewalk - the challenge was the design - foreground and background.

An inky rendition of pumpkins - which I think are easily the most picturesque vegetable.

It's fun to paint an entire farm on two pages... no doubt about it.