Friday, October 31, 2014

Monster Week: MARILYN'S MONSTER SNEAK PEEK!


And to conclude Monster Week '14, here's some preliminary art from my upcoming picture book, MARILYN'S MONSTER by the great Michelle Knudsen and published by the extraordinary Candlewick Press. Coming to a bookstore near you in MARCH 2015!




HAPPY HALLOWEEN!



Monday, October 27, 2014

Monster Week!



Two years ago, I kept a sketchbook devoted entirely to monsters. It was a fun preliminary step to illustrating the picture book Marilyn's Monster by my good friend Michelle Knudsen (Candlewick Press, March 2015). 

It seems to fitting to post a beastie a day this week. Check back!

Friday, September 05, 2014

DRUTHERS!


If you had your druthers, what would you do?




My first picture book as both author and illustrator is now available! The idea for Druthers came to me ten years ago but it took many years (and, arguably, fatherhood) to get the book right.

Here are some images from the long journey:



Original cover concept from the pitch dummy.




Another cover idea.






Pages from the sketch dummy. The basic structure of the story is the same from the dummy, 
but we expanded the build-up to the ending.









Various character sketches. Fortunately, I have very good source material running around the house. This book is dedicated to her.


A Tentative Shrew




Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Wind in the Willows




More classic characters, this time from one of my favorite books, The Wind in the Willows. These guys were sketched just for fun while on vacation.