Today’s the day! I’m delighted to share the cover for my debut picture book Hide & Go Seek-A-Saurus! It will be a real live book (made with the utmost love and care) that you can hold in your hands March 6, 2018!
KWiL Publishing did an awesome blog post about the cover reveal here. Stay tuned for updates and pre-ordering will be available soon!
I’m delighted to announce the release of an art book I created called empathy. I felt driven to put this together in the wake of all the crazy things happening in the world lately.
I used spray paint artwork I made a few years ago as the backdrop and designed words over the top under the helpful advisement of my Design Yoda (aka my talented graphic designer friend that always has amazing feedback and ideas!). The message inside is for writers, artists and doers everywhere. Keep going – don’t stop. The world needs your writing, art and actions.
I hope you’ll view and download the free PDF here. Or if you’re looking for a shiny new book to add to your shelf (or perhaps a gift for someone who likes shiny things), you can purchase a print copy here.
Please feel free to share this with others. I made it to process thoughts and feelings, and I hope it resonates with you.
On the this Thanksgiving eve, I’m thankful for the usual things: family, friends, four days off work, etc. But I’m also thankful for being able to work on art and writing on a regular basis. It helps me make sense of the world. Here’s my latest piece. The prompt was “autobiography”… so here’s a glimpse into my childhood head.
It turns out a graphic designer’s perspective can be a huge asset when illustrating. Often a few key tweaks can take an illustration to the next level. I try my darndest to think like a designer, but whenever I need outside feedback on my illustrations, I ask my designer friend for her thoughts and BAM! improvements abound.
Here’s my newest example. I created a title page for my in-progress graphic novel using the concept of a TV show opener. You know, the part where the show’s setting and characters are introduced during the theme song. Here’s what I initially came up with:
I was pretty happy with it. It felt balanced. I liked the flow and layout. But when I placed it within the context of the cover and the chapter 1 sketches, it felt a little out of place. Now, this is an area where graphic designers shine: creating a cohesive look and feel across multiple materials. Upon asking for feedback, my designer friend suggested flooding the background with a color to better coordinate with the cover. And that’s when it hit me: expand the skyline image and extend the water behind the panels below. I also added bubbles, just for good measure. Here’s the result:
So much better! I’m much happier with it, and it coordinates far better with the cover now:
It’s exciting when small changes make such a big difference. For more in-depth look at how graphic designer superpowers can boost illustration work, check out my SCBWI blog post. Or befriend a graphic designer today!
I’m excited to share a sketch of the opening spread of Cognito Sanchez: Dive Another Day! I’m working on sketching the first chapter, so more to come soon. In the meantime, you can see more illustrations here. Thanks for stopping by!
Today I’d like to share a work in progress. I still need to color it, but here is a rare view inside the Squirrel Intelligence Agency – tucked inside a tall oak tree, of course.
For finished artwork, please check out my illustration page.
That’s all for now. I hope you’re having a great week! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
I’m excited to share some of the characters from from my graphic novel work-in-progress: Cognito Sanchez! See a mockup of the cover and additional art here.
I’m working on more art samples, including SIA (the Squirrel Intelligence Agency) headquarters, the villains (muhaha!) and perhaps a sample spread. More soon. Thanks for stopping by!
I’m happy to say that I’ve finally chipped away at the synopsis of my graphic novel. I’ve heard people bemoan writing these before, and they’re right. It’s a little painful to sum up 160 pages in 500 – 600 words. It also feels a tad robotic. But I’m doing the best I can! If it sucks, my critique group will steer me in the right direction. 🙂
Since sharing my synopsis would be boring, and I don’t want to share any spoilers , you get more collage! Haha! This collage side project is super fun though. I think these two pieces are my favorite so far.
I came across some notebooks during my continued cleaning and sorting efforts and found droves of old song lyrics (some better than others…heh) that never made it into any of my songs. I thought it’d be interesting to use snippets of these lyrics as collage elements. Here’s the first attempt.
Well, that’s all for now! Hopefully I have something aside from collage to share with you next week, but no guarantees. 🙂
Perhaps you’ve heard of Rumpelstiltskin, but have you heard of Kittenstiltskin?
Reintroducing…. Impostor Squirrel! You may recall Impostor Squirrel from his black & white debuts here and here.
In other news, I’ve learned that both impostor and imposter are acceptable spellings. However, the consensus (based solely on a quick Google search) seems to be that impostor is more widely used and thus more preferable. Words with two accepted spellings make me feel weird… like I’m not 100% correct either way. Feel free to voice your preferred spelling in the comments below. 🙂