Thursday, November 9, 2017

Now, be honest. Wouldn't you like to skip all these other holidays and dive right into Christmas?

All right. It's a cheesy idea. Not to mention overused. But isn't that part of the holiday charm? Or does that sound like a cheesy and overused excuse?

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Welcome, Children.

In honor of our hallowed holiday, I have chosen to reanimate the insipid silliness of our yesteryears. Ah, the innocent entendre, the droll misunderstandings, the bride of bumbling boobery ... Chrissy. The perfect touch to your whiney political ramblings, isn't she?

You're welcome.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Calling On The Mystical Arts

I'm developing some smaller products to appeal to kids. Towards that end, here's a trading card idea for a mysterious wizard. He's deeply concentrating, focused on ... well, something. Maybe he's trying to start a fire without a match. Maybe he's trying to levitate a hammer or his cat, Merlin.

Whatever he's doing, he's trying hard to make it happen. Does he look like he's trying too hard to alter the laws of gravity? I don't know, but I'm proud that he keeps trying.

Friday, September 22, 2017

I Could Have Been An Artist Reporter

I missed the first few nights of Ken Burns new documentary on Vietnam, but I've been watching the last several nights of it. This is a sketch made while watching. It was from a powerful photo of several soldiers who looked absolutely exhausted. That just moved me and I had to recreate what I remembered.

It's fascinating to me what court artists and artist reporters from a century ago would do - sketching news events as they observe them. I have a book of art by Paul Calle that includes a section on the sketches he made the morning the Apollo 11 astronauts left for the moon. That may have been the last time the American government thought it prudent to have artists (other than photographers) record some important event. I've never seen those drawings in all the documentaries I've watched about that event, but to me it's fascinating to see these guys eating breakfast and suiting up through the eyes of an artist. I wonder what I would have done in the days before photography was used in newspapers. Might I have ended up on a battlefield somewhere or some breaking news scene whipping out my sketchpad to dash off some image to be reproduced in wood later for the printing presses? Sounds like a fascinating career.

Today, I just sketch things off the TV.

I need to get a life.

Monday, July 24, 2017

New Book!

I've illustrated a new children's picture book: "A Truck Named Tony" by Jane Hawkins. It's about a truck sitting in a car dealership window worried that no one will buy him. Then, when the perfect family does buy him he worries that they will get tired of him. Sounds like the perfect book for me!

Anyway, I had a lot of fun illustrating it. It's my second book for Doodle and Peck Publishing. I'm working on a third one for them right now. And after that I believe a sequel to Scanner will be ready for me. They like me at Doodle and Peck. They really like me.