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I’m really excited to announce my new children’s book, M is for Mutt and Other Tails. It is an alphabet book, with each letter representing a different dog breed. (And some very fun text written by my friend, Ian Samuels.) I will be premiering the book at the Alternative Press Expo this weekend in San Francisco. I will be in the back corner, Table 651. Come on by and pick up a copy!
Here’s a sampling of some of the pages:
I am very excited to announce the release of my first children’s book! I was contact last year by Little Brown Books, who was working in association with Universal Pictures to develop a few different kids books for their upcoming movie HOP. I was happy to hear that they were interested in having me illustrate a 24 page, full color, 8×8″ paperback for them. The story was a lot of fun to work with, and it was also a delight to illustrate characters designed by one of my favorites, Peter de Seve.
I’m not exactly sure where the book is available…I’ve heard it’s at Target and I know you can get it on Amazon here: Hop: Chicks Versus Bunnies
It even comes with punch-out easter egg stands! Fun for the whole family this Easter! Haha. I’m really not sure how much I can post of the inside of the book at this point, so for now here is an early sketch of the cover I did:
And the HOP trailer, for anyone interested:
My good friend Ian Samuels is getting underway with his CalArts senior thesis in Directing. Ian and I have collaborated on numerous projects (including our upcoming children’s book) and he has a terrific imagination. If you can spare even $5 to help support his film it would be much appreciated!
Visit and donate at his Kickstarter page.
And just as a fun tease, here are a couple of designs I did for him early on for this film (they ended up being a little too muppety, and not lobstery enough. Based on that sentence alone, you know this project will be bizarre and entertaining!):
Really excited to be a part of the 20th Anniversary tribute for Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands. One of my favorite Burton films, for sure. My piece is a “reimagining” of the famous ice sculpture scene, given a new context. I had no idea how hard scissor hands are to draw.
Happy V-Day from Sugar Plum and Lil Cupcake. (An old friend asked if I wouldn’t mind drawing this for her and it sounded like fun…so I did.) My valentine is out of town, but I will be celebrating by going to see The Decemberists kick off their new tour at the Fox Theater in Oakland! Hope everyone out there has a good day, whether or not they buy into the manufactured Hallmark version of Valentine’s.
I’m happy to present my piece for a new ABC book project for Tools for Schools Africa. A while back I was invited to participate by friend and illustrator Mike Boldt. I was intrigued to see that I got the letter “X” and had fun researching xylophones in true Ghanian style. (Did you know that xylophones were invented independently in both Africa and Asia?) All the pieces should eventually show up on the blog Mike has set up. (I love Alina Chau’s piece!)
I don’t usually post too much process stuff, but it might be fun for people to see:
Step 2: This is where I decided to add a background, change the poses a bit, and start tweaking composition so your eye flows in a more circular direction.
Hey folks, CTN is almost here! I will be at table T-41 in the “Talent Marketplace”. Please stop by and say hi if you’re headed to the expo. I will have books, prints, pins, magnets, postcards, and all sorts of fun stuff.
I have also updated my portfolio for the first time in a while. I’m not actively searching for a job, but I always keep my eyes open for fun freelance projects!
For the past three years I’ve been involved in the Berkeley East Bay Humane Society’s Purrcasso art auction. All proceeds go to the animal shelter to help out the cats and dogs there. The shelter suffered a devastating fire last spring, so we are really trying hard to raise funds this year. If you are an artist interested in donating, please visit purrcasso.org for directions. If you are an art (or animal) lover, please join us for the art auction this coming Saturday night or the craft show on Sunday.
I actually started this as an entry for a contest on Sketchoholic…the theme there was “nightmare”. I think it fits pretty well for “atmosphere” as well though! I think you’ll find a story in there somewhere.I was thinking a lot of The Rescuers when I did this piece. Madame Medusa is hands down one of the best Disney villains. I think it’s because she’s a true sociopath with great style. (And amazing Milt Kahl animation.) PS, the color on this looks great on my Cintiq, but I have a feeling it might be blown out on other monitors. Blerrrgh.
After I put up my post about Bandit, another dog commission presented itself. These are a lot of fun, especially when I get to personalize them with toys like a stuffed shark.