Friday, May 11, 2012


rejected sketches for a new project.
They liked 'em, I liked 'em,
but they were just no fitting the bill.

Monday, May 7, 2012

There. That's better.

Reworked the characters and the illustration sample. Hope they like...

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Reworking some characters (from below)

Just as well I didn't finish the illustration below. Bad font selection and more importantly, disliked some of the characters... (I like the layout, though -- that's something, right?)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Work in progress... 5:58 PM. Hoping the 12:00 AM version will be completely... complete.
11:56 PM update... NOPE.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

"Oh cool -- maggots"

Sadly, this scene had to be cut because it was too similar to another portion of the story that accomplishes the same thing (though, some of it will be combined to that scene). It was tough to cut this part out because it does speak to how gross and mean the bully character, Slim is.

I have started a "MAYBE LATER" file and included this scene in it... I know that someday, somewhere, a 10 year-old boy will need a story where a bully stuffs a dead animal into a lady's purse.

(I also now know that I can't spell the word hurricane -- Thanks, spellcheck for revealing my ignorance to the world -- and by world, I mean the seven people who read this blog... OK, six.)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Comedians Think They're SO Funny

Celebrity funnyman and political satirist Stephen Colbert is publishing a children's book...
...and many of the writers and illusators I know are outraged.

Personally, I don't think it's a big deal at all. This is a (very intelligent) comedian doing what comedians do--make JOKES. If anything, I think he's bringing attention to the sad fact that a celebrity can easily have a (often poorly written) book published. This fact is not lost on him -- It's what he's trying to poke fun at!

"It's been a lifelong dream of mine to write a children's book," Colbert said in a statement. "I hope the minutes you and your loved ones spend reading it are as fulfilling as the minutes I spent writing it."

Is this REALLY even a children's book? Is Barnes & Noble going to put it on their picture book rack knowing that the people who may look for it will be 20something Colbert fans? It's a tongue-in-cheek book for fans of his comedy and will be marketed as such.

As I prospective writer and illustrator, I'm going to be more worried about the things I can control... And continue enjoying a very funny, unique talent.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

QUANDARY 2.22.12: Anatomy of a garbage truck

QUANDARY: Will boys ages 9-12 know the parts of a garbage truck by name (hopper or compactor)?