Friday, May 11, 2012

REJECTED

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...
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/21/stephen-colbert-childrens-book_n_1292366.html
...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)?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

QUANDARY 2.21.12

QUANDARY: Can a kid character talk about an elderly woman's big boobs in a chapter book for 9-12 year-olds?

I try to push the envelope of funny in what I write. A written piece always needs to be age appropriate and sometimes it's tough to judge how far is too far. I DON'T like to censor myself too much. I would rather have my agent tell me that I have crossed the line than find out a joke would have been acceptable and not tried it.

SO, CAN I SAY THIS?...

"Here, use the baby carrier," I said, untangling the straps.
"You're aunt's not going to like... need it for the baby?" said Presley.
"Not a chance -- her huge boobs would just be in the way," I explained.
"Oh, yah, I guess you're like... right."

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Hard Decisions

I LOVE writing. I LOVE rewriting (If you like to write, you better love rewriting). But sometimes it is REALLY hard to make cuts. I try to follow the mantra of "if something doesn't move the plot, move or build the character, than it doesn't belong in a narrative work." If it accomplishes one or both of these things AND it's funny, all the better... but if it's JUST funny, it's got to go. And a better mantra: "If it CAN be cut, it probably should be"

Those are the cuts that can be hard to make.

Case in point: Here's a screen grab of a page from the chapter book I'm working on.


The circled bit of dialogue (I realize it is a bit out of context without the preceding pages' events) is entirely inspired by a real conversation between my sublimely dry-witted college roommate and his (umm... eccentric) mother.

But, does it REALLY move the story? COULD it be cut? That's what I'm grappling with today. 


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Rudy Rock!

animation test for a new music video project I'm working on. Sorry, no sound.
video

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Dredging through the archives...






Searching for some B/W and line art to show a potential client. Here's what I came up with so far...

Ewww COOTIES!


So cool! Jessica Dubash's art class put their creative touches on some of my paper toy cooties as part of my Even Monsters pitch!! These are part of a package of downloadable. printable extras that will be featured along with the proposed "Even Monsters" book.

CREATE YOUR OWN COOTIE TODAY: http://www.evenmonsters.com/EM_cootie.pdf

Blast from my caricatured past

Extremely dated! Most of these were done for Heavy.com for games or internet programs way back in the year 2000 or so... Need to do some new ones!