Thursday, December 18, 2008

Gingerbread House

I am currently painting Christmas, and have been for some time now. As preparation for this project, I did this illustration last year. Happy Holidays!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Here Comes Santa

It's getting to be that time of year again. Anyone else a little nervous?

Friday, November 07, 2008

Illustrator's Day

It's late notice, but I'll be speaking on a panel in San Marino for LA's SCBWI Illustrator's Day. Come check it out!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

catch you later

I was asked to sketch out a few entomologists some time ago for a friend who works for the USDA. They wanted an Indiana Jones type to demonstrate a new bug catching device for African scientists. I gave them some options, but I think the action bugs are probably my favorite. Well, I like the fly swatter guy too.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

perched and poised

It's been more of a paint month than a pencil month, so tho it's time to post something new, I had to comb the sketchbooks looking for a post-worthy image not related to what I'm working on. Years ago I made a sculpture of a little princess holding out her hand, ready for a fat bird to be perched on her finger. I never got around to sculpting the bird, so she's spent the last decade waiting. If this drawing is any indication and the princesses are related, then this bird has been a long time coming.

Friday, June 20, 2008

calipering your pipe

I'm slowly coating myself in paint out here as I plod ahead on a future release. In the mean time, here's a sketch I produced about a month ago but didn't get to scan. I love it when a scribble surprises me. I'm not sure if our reluctant hero is giving a gift or receiving it, but he's definitely nervous about the whole affair. I read a short story as a child about a creature who desires a better voice, so he goes to a blacksmith for a new one to be forged. That's probably what's in the box.

Saturday, May 03, 2008


At the library, I ran across a copy of the HMS Penafore using a photo of a teddy bear as its cover. Why? I suspect it involved some conceptual thinking one step too far removed. BUT, it inspired a fun image of my own.

This is the second in my short series of formal animal portraits. All three paintings have been earmarked to be sent in different directions, and tho the three may never meet again, somehow it sparks my imagination to picture the disparate futures they'll observe. And who hasn't fantasized about their own twin, separated at birth? Maybe it's my gift to over-conceptualization, but I'm secretly hoping for some soap opera-worthy reunions of framed silence.

Monday, March 31, 2008

pink rabbit

It must be difficult for a male pink bunny to feel very masculine, but chain mail and a sword can go a long way in intimidation. There's more classic portraiture in the animal kingdom coming up.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Red Rabbit Row

I'm testing the waters in selling prints. Please check out my site and if you like what you see, or you'd rather see some of my other work--let me know.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Castaway Pirates

Available now for pre-order! This is a pop up book I've illustrated in collaboration with paper engineer and author Ray Marshall for Chronicle books. Pick up a copy and tell your friends. Released in April! I'll write more on it closer to the release date.

I feel like I'm doing a cheesy ebay pitch--l@@k! Rare! :P I just need chasing lights and a comp-canned music box melody mix of 'Misty'. Honestly, it's a nice book. Watch for it.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008