November 29, 2011

Pike Place Market

It's time once again for some shameless holiday promotion art. Today we're at Seattle's famous Pike Place Market, a bustling and busy scene that was challenging to fit into a single illustration spread.  Street musicians, farmers, tourists, seafood, artisans and street people.  Not sure I fit it all in but I tried.

One problem was the fish tossing scene, since the practice of tossing fish had been in the headlines from an animal rights group, I was worried it might not be P.C. (politically correct).  But after doing some on-site research with the fishmongers themselves, my worries were dispelled.  They continue to fly fish happily across the counters to the delight of the tourists.

The world's first Starbucks is in Pike Place Market.  I used to go there when I first moved to Seattle, and the store hasn't changed at all since then.  Usually there's a good jug band entertaining.  

November 26, 2011

12 boats-a-blinking


Let's see... 12 boats-a-blinking with holiday lights... a downtown scene in the background, a silhouette of the crowd on the shore, Mt. Rainier and the two main characters fit in along with the type and the letter format. Easy, right?

I wasn't sure if I could pull off this spread, since it was probably one of the most ambitious concepts I ever dared try. But I'm quite pleased with how it came out.

Of course I could only do something like this in Photoshop. I'd have torn it up 15 times if it was real paints.

November 17, 2011

Book signing in Costco...

I'm very much looking forward to my book signing at Costco on Dec. 3rd... not sure which store. I'm just thrilled that my Christmas book will be in 27 Costos. Finally... a book out where the shoppers can see it!

They're letting me wear a beret because I'm an artist and I'll sign books instead of handing out samples. And I'll go shopping afterwards... at which point I might almost feel famous.

Let the shopping season begin!

November 13, 2011

Scanner expecting a full recovery...

I'm happy to report that the open heart surgery I had to do on my Umax Powerlook III scanner was a complete success... the patient expects a full recovery.

Tools used: phillips head screwdriver, syringe, oil can and pliers. The problem was the electric motor had rusted up like the Tin Man. I find that often when scanners don't work it's got to do with needing a little lubrication on the moving parts.

Hopefully it'll keep on working, since I don't feel inclined to toss another $1500 out on a new one.  The trusty Umax Powerlook III gives stunning deep rich color scans which are better than many current new scanners.

November 11, 2011

Things I like are...

Things I like are:
  Bike ride down the Burke Gilman trail with ipod blasting, then walk back up hill.
  Go to an art gallery... on the free day the the Seattle Art Museum.
  Go to a new cafe and draw caricatures of people and write scraps of stories.
  Do NOT go to children's book stores!
  Discover a new french movie at the library.
  Find an antique children's book in the thrift store.
  Try out a new set of digital organic paint brushes.
  Find a new shirt to wear in the thrift store... (avoid looking in the mirror if at all possible!)
  Watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade to remind me of New York.

November 10, 2011

The end of the 28 word picture-book?

Brilliant! Might this mean the end of the 28 word picture-book?

I agree with all of the sentiments expressed.
I'm so tired of books being 'dummed down' so they really are just like a joke. I remember bringing home those 28 word books from the library for my children and just tossing them aside after one reading thinking 'not much to that one, was there?'.

And as the writer says so well, who wants to listen to a joke more than once? It is interesting how the book buyers still flock to the classics. Maybe the publishers will follow along?

Sort of like how politicians just follow along behind the public.

November 9, 2011

Before & After...

Here's a before and after of a portfolio piece I did up last summer. It shows the rough sketch set against the finish artwork.

November 7, 2011

Let the merriment begin...

Let the merriment begin... unleash the Elves as hordes of holiday shoppers descend upon the gifting merchandise.

I'll be joining the crowds myself later this month, at Third Place Books to sign books for 'The 12 Days of Christmas in Washington'.

Who knows... maybe I'll get the hang of it... publicity and all that. Mixing with the public as a 'celebrity' is something we bookmakers don't do as a matter of course. It ought to be a real novelty, if nothing else.