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Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Little Golden Books
Well it’s out, and now I can safely say that when I retire as an illustrator and spend my days on the golf links in Boca Raton, I will have illustrated a Little Golden Book. I’ve loved Little Golden Books ever since I can remember. My grandmother’s house had a stack of them that belonged to my aunts and uncles back in the 50’s and 60’s, and I liked the goofy stories and wonderful illustrations. At the time, I knew nothing of the legacy of these illustrators like Richard Scarry, Tibor Gergely, Leonard Weisgard, and Alice and Martin Provensen. As I grew up and went to college and became a designer, I forgot about much of the Golden Books.

It was only much later, while I was working on a poster for The Kids in the Hall in 2002, that I rediscovered these works. Mary Blair’s I Can Fly, Garth Williams’ Mister Dog, the Provenson’s Color Kittens, and especially Scarry’s Rabbit & His Friends were the inspiration for this poster.

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Last year I discovered a book called Golden Legacy by Leonard Marcus. It’s a history of Little Golden Books, and I was about halfway through it when I got a call from out of the blue, that the editors of Little Golden Books would like me to illustrate a new book called I’m a T.Rex, written by Dennis Shealy. Needless to say I fell over and was stunned.

I love drawing dinosaurs but I hadn’t had a chance to draw dinosaurs for a book before. Sketches commenced. The T. Rex had to be fierce and angry but I wanted him to be kinda cute and funny as well.

I'm a T.Rex! cover sketch

The work went smoothly and just this last week, on May 11, it was officially “published” and released into stores. I got my copy on Thursday. And like I wrote, I’m pretty happy to be able to be part of the “story” of Golden Books now. I sure won’t put my book up there in the same echelon as the Scarry, Gergely, and Prevensen books. But at least it’s now sitting on the same shelf…

I'm a T. Rex!
My Little Golden Book: I'm a T. Rex!
My Little Golden Book: I'm a T. Rex!

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Spent this morning working on this little collage. It’s about ten inches tall, made of acrylic and various paper goods. Graph paper shirt and the hair is from an old Archie comic book, for instance.
Sometimes I need to spend a few hours that are about something other than cars and trucks, or at least not the typical way I make illustrations. It had been a while since I cut and pasted and painted. I’m gonna try to do this every week.
Look

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

To answer your inevitable question pre-emptively, why yes, I do think that this might be about all you see here for the next several months!

yum truck

No not really. It’s just kind of a thing right now.
Drawn with pencil on tracing paper, colored in Photoshop.

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

I’m now deep deep into the initial phase of a very large book project that will take me the next 3+ years to complete. Without giving away too much, I get to draw cars and trucks and ships and airplanes and buses and tugboats and RVs and helicopters and bicycles and… you get the idea. These were drawn with ballpoint pen at a local coffee shop on Thursday last week. Stay tuned for more.

cars
more cars
big car

Monday, January 25th, 2010

a puzzle!

A year or so ago I drew an illustration of cars and trucks and stuff on a spaghetti-tangle of highways. This was commissioned by the fantastic toy-maker/card-publisher/gift-creator Mudpuppy and their art director Cynthia Matthews. I’ve done a few projects in the past for them, including the Air Land Sea puzzle and the scribbling monster journal.

Here’s the puzzle itself.

puzzle for Mudpuppy

This puzzle got delayed a bit in the production, but was finally released last week. It’s in a really nice little box and I’m very very pleased with the results. I got my small box of samples on Friday and immediately set to work putting the puzzle together. Furthermore, I recorded this process and made a movie which you can watch right here. Then, after you watch it, you can go to Mudpuppy’s website and order a dozen or two of them.

Oh yeah, music by Dance Robot, Dance.

Monday, September 21st, 2009

15 x 10 inch puzzle for Mudpuppy
You may recall the Astronauts in Peril I posted during my recent month-long sojourn in Arkansas. This was a sketch for a puzzle I was drawing and designing for Galison/Mudpuppy. I’ve done quite a lot of work for Mudpuppy. In fact, over the last two or three years, the work for Mudpuppy has been my favorite in both the process and the results. So when Cynthia Matthews called and asked me to do a piece with aliens and planets and comets and stuff, I jumped on it.
I completed the puzzle last week. While it won’t be published for almost a year (June 2010), I am happy to be able to show it off now. The timing is nice, as I’m about to start working on a book for Hyperion about aliens and I’d not quite yet figured out how I want it to look. This is a good start.
Below are four smaller detail images showing the puzzle in more detail.
space puzzle detail

space puzzle detail

space puzzle detail

space puzzle detail

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

I’m working on a new puzzle for MudPuppy that involves space: UFOs, aliens, comets, etc. These guys are outtakes from the sketches I’ve been working on. Nothing better than an astronaut in danger.
astronauts in peril

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Last year I made this cover design for Galison/Mudpuppy for a diary. I just received a box of these books and they are just terrific. Nice 6 x 4.24 inch hardcover with a little padlock and two keys. They tell me that the journals are out there and on the Galison website here.

Scribbling Monster Diary cover

Scribbling Monster Diary interior

Scribbling Monster Diary back cover

I also made a puzzle for Mudpuppy a while back, and I have another puzzle coming out this next winter. Stay tuned for that.

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Last week I made this illustration for the July 2009 issue of Nickelodeon Magazine. The story is something along the lines of questions people wanted to ask. The question illustrated herein is “when will we take vacations in space?”
The answer, as we all know, is the year 2023. Probably sometime around late April.
And if you haven’t tried it already, you should spend a couple of days drawing rocket ships and planets like I did. It’s way fun.

Space Vacation

Update: here is the illustration in the magazine.

Space Vacations illustration in Nick Mag

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Do you love Klutz? I love Klutz. I have an eight-year-old daughter who also loves Klutz. Klutz is the publisher of those activity sets and books you can’t help but stare at when you’re in a decent book or toy store. I’ve done a lot of work for them in the past for some of their books like “All About Me” and their window art project kits. But last year they called up and asked me to help them produce an entire book/set. Originally it was going to be about ships and boats, but then they changed their minds and it became Clothespin Cars. The idea here is that you can make cars out of clothespins. You get that? Ok.
Hey look! Klutz Clothespin Cars
There are six different kinds of cars you can make. You can see here the ice cream truck, the police car, and the bus. There are also two race cars, a taxi, and a fire truck. If you are a seven-year-old boy, you are in heaven. If you are not, you will like it anyway.
Klutz Clothespin Cars
Klutz Clothespin Cars
As you can see here, I not only drew the cars but also instructions and diagrams.
Klutz Clothespin Cars
Klutz Clothespin Cars
There is another part of the book wherein you cut out these buildings and make a diorama in which your cars can race and drive around.
Klutz Clothespin Cars
While my daughter was slightly disappointed that I didn’t do a project that involved fairies or flowers, she quickly opened up the set and built everything. So don’t be fooled by the boys in the pictures.
Thanks to Stephanie at Klutz for the design. According to the Klutz website, this will be available in May.