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Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

I got done drawing and inking the pages of Everything Goes just in time, as it was really starting to be a tedious chore. Oddly, the inking part of a project is always the most satisfying part of a book. Especially after the ink goes down and I get to use the white gouache to carve out the details. However with the small brushes and the lightbox and the 8 hours a day doing this, my arm was hurting. Like really hurting. So I was greatly relieved when the final touches were put on the trains and I could move on to the color.
Coloring a book like this has its ups and downs. Right now its all ups and I’m really liking the way it’s looking. Here for a little Christmas bonus are cropped sections from two of the big spreads in Everything Goes. You get taxis and other cars “with jobs” and you get trucks.

taxi!

the daily grind

Happy Christmas everyone, and Happy New Year.

Monday, December 20th, 2010

I’m working on a little book for Mudpuppy with these illustrations of kids playing sports. The pages are cut into thirds and the head of the swimmer might be on the body of the hockey player on the legs of the snowboarder. I had to line them all up on a template and when I turned on all the layers, this is what I got. I like weird accidents like this.

Monday, December 6th, 2010

some guys in a band
Coming up for air for a few minutes to post this little piece of the book. These guys will be in Everything Goes somewhere, and if you know who they are, then you can also probably deduce, historically speaking, where they will be located…

Friday, November 5th, 2010

boy and dad

These are the main characters in the Everything Goes books I’m working on. This is part of a cutaway illustration that will show, kinda, how a car works. It’s a multilayered thing and is proving to be really difficult to get it all tidy and informative. You can see the sketch below.

In the manuscript they are listed as “boy” and “dad.” I’m being asked by my editor to name the kid. Ideas, anyone?

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

I’m in the downhill run of completing the first book of the Everything Goes series. Everything Goes: On Land will be published next year by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins. I thought I’d post a few pieces of the illustrations as I complete them. These are just line-art and aren’t colored yet. They are small snippets of these huge 20-inch x 12-inch spreads that are just full of all kinds of trucks and cars and bikes and cars and motorcycles and more cars. And trains. But I haven’t got to the trains yet.

More of these to come.

Pieces of Everything Goes: Jay's Pizza

Pieces of Everything Goes: Fred's Fresh Fish

Pieces of Everything Goes: Motorcycles

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

I’m really making a lot of headway now with the first book of the Everything Goes series that I’m working on. The first book is subtitled “On Land” and is full of cars and trucks and bikes and buses and such things. There are about fifteen big two-page spreads full of vehicles and pedestrians. Here’s some detail of one of the big illustrations that explains my complete theory of food.

dietary choices...

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

it's a bike

it's a motorcycle

Some sketches for the book series I’m working on for HarperCollins called Everything Goes. Scheduled to be published sometime next year. Each of these are going to fill an entire spread and will be about 18 inches wide by 10 inches tall. I like me some big bikes and motorcycles.

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

I’ve posted the illustration here previously, and now I can post the puzzle. And now you can go get it!

Outer Space puzzle
Outer Space puzzle
Outer Space puzzle
Outer Space puzzle
Galison/Mudpuppy commissioned this last year and released it this month. One side is colored by me and the other side is to be colored by you or your kids or friends.
This particular illustration was also just accepted into the 3×3 magazine children’s illustration annual, along with my #6 race car collage.

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Some sketches for the transportation series I’m buried under. There will be several spreads similar to the trucks (see some here) and the people are for populating the sidewalks and parks in the book.

people who populate

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Brownie & Pearl Get Dolled Up
Busy month, totally missed this.
The second book in the Brownie & Pearl series was published earlier in May. It’s called Brownie & Pearl Get Dolled Up, and within its covers the plight of little Brownie and her kitten Pearl continues as Brownie is forced to go to bed. Instead, she distresses her parents by playing dress-up — hilarity ensues!
As with the first book, this story is sweet like sugar and I think I used eight hundred shades of pink in the illustrations. Being a boy myself, it was kind of gross and I had to lay off desserts for a while.
If you’re not a boy (and even maybe if you are) you’ll love this book. It doesn’t have many words, but the words it has are the perfect words. Written by Cynthia Rylant, published by Beach Lane, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

Brownie & Pearl Get Dolled Up
Brownie & Pearl Get Dolled Up
Brownie & Pearl Get Dolled Up
This illustration I just made yesterday. It’s for the fifth book in the series.
Pearl grabs a bite