Friday, January 6
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
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
Wednesday, December 7
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.
Thursday, November 24
Tuesday, November 1
So - I'll be busy writing - or more precisely, re-writing! I was an English major after all...
Monday, October 24
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 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
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.