Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Chapter Titles

My son Gray and I have been enjoying the words and art of The Mysterious Benedict Society. The beautifully done chapter headings inspired me to try my hand at a similar assignment. This is one of three black and white pieces I made recently, to be used as chapter headings.


Thursday, June 21, 2012

More Beauty, Less Beast

I illustrated this book cover several months ago; the book, published by Barbour, is now available. Ashley Schrock provided art direction.

Saturday, June 9, 2012


Earlier this year I made these little paintings for my publisher / author friend Mauricio Velázquez de León (duopress), for him to leave behind as thank you gifts after events at various bookstores. Mauricio, a.k.a. "Puck," wrote Doodle New York, the book he was promoting. The cab image was inspired by a doodle activity in the book, which I illustrated.

All of the paintings were done on small wooden plaques, ready for hanging. The top one, in acrylic, was a gift for Mauricio and his family—that's them, in the cab. We've made so many books together, I've lost count.

My Self-Promo Students

Every time I teach self-promotion to illustration students at the Savannah College of Art and Design, we have Skype chats with some of my amazing friends. Recently, my classes spent a marvelous forty-five minutes chatting with Darren Di Lieto, the brilliant mind behind Hire an Illustrator!, The Little Chimp Society, and Mail Me Art. Darren is also manages, which is how we met.

As a thank-you to Darren, my students made this accordian-folded card, complete with a custom envelope. (The magic of Photoshop shows both sides at once in the above image; in reality, the card is double-sided.)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Premiere Guest on The Creative Stir

My studio is featured this week at The Creative Stir. Such an honor, being the first contributor! The site is designed and maintained by a good friend, whose amazing illustrations you can see over at Margie and Jimbo's.