Archive for the ‘new work’ Category



Thursday, September 11th, 2008

a robot and a stegosaur
Two small spot illustrations that I did along with a magazine cover. When the issue is published I’ll put up the rest. I’ve always liked drawings robots, and now I like drawing dinosaurs too. Stay tuned for more of these terrible lizards.

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Mini Puzzle

A while back I made a big puzzle for Mudpuppy with the theme “Air, Land, and Sea.” Recently they asked me to make another puzzle, a little smaller for the 3+ crowd, with more cars. Last night this thing got finished and will be out June 2009.
As you probably know, I really really like drawing cars and trucks and things that go.

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Today is the official release date for Beastly Rhymes, a book I illustrated last year. It’s written by Judy Sierra and is all creepy monster poems about giant squids, haunted zoos, carnivorous leopards, and angry insects. The coolest thing, see, is that the book is furry. Really.

Read more about the book here.
Available at Amazon, of course, as well as fine local independent book stores all over.

Beastly Rhymes coverBeastly Rhymes interior

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Yellow Pages ad for AT&T

Yellow Pages illustration detail

Yellow Pages illustration detail

Last month I made this illustration for an ad for AT&T/Yellow Pages. It’s based on kind of a Where’s Waldo idea where the reader is asked to “find a golf instructor” or a piano tuner or an acting coach.
I devised this urban city park setting and populated it with I don’t know how many people and things. The final illustration was, by a large margin, the largest most complex illustration I’ve ever made. It was 30 inches wide by more than 40 inches tall, and it was created in two sections. It took 16 scans to get the whole thing into Photoshop, where it was colored. The final ad will run in newspapers, sporting-even programs (like minor league ballgames) and other locations. The ad agency can’t give specifics, so if you happen to run across this anywhere, please grab a copy and send it my way.
Bonus: free prize to anyone who accurately counts the number of people in the illustration. You can see the art much larger and with details on my Flickr page.

Thursday, May 8th, 2008


These three books, written by Katherine Applegate and published by HarperCollins, are coming out on May 27. They are the first three of a series of six and possibly more chapter books, for which I am illustrating the covers and interior illustrations. Roscoe is a nice kid who keeps getting into trouble. The stories are really cute and perfect for kids just learning to read. I spoke to someone at Children’s Book World in Haverford yesterday who told me that they expect these to sell like gangbusters.
You don’t have to wait for May 27, however. If you come to the Philadelphia Book Festival on Saturday May 17, you can get your copy then. I’ll be there signing and talking at 3pm.

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

This is kinda old news but I completely forgot to post it. I did a cover for ASK magazine, which is a magazine of arts and sciences for kids. I know it’s in the library at my kids’ school. It’s the second cover I’ve done for them. It was the March 2008 cover so it’s on the shelves by now at your local school library.

March 2008 ASK magazine

Monday, March 17th, 2008

I finished this illustration last week for the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Book Festival coming up in May. It will be posted all over and they’re running ads in the papers and hanging banners on Market Street.
Look close and find all the various odd book-lovers. I’d love to have used actual literary characters but I probably could not have cleared copyrights, and it would have added weeks to the amount of time I’d need.
I’ve got details of the poster uploaded on Flickr as well.

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Finally! I got two large boxes today full of the play-set, puzzle, and stationery I designed and illustrated for Mudpuppy last year.

Monday, February 18th, 2008

Air, Land and Sea

Last year I made an illustration for Mudpuppy, art directed by the amazing Lorena Siminovich, called Air, Land, and Sea. Basically, aircraft, autos, and boats. I’ve been dying to see this and it looks like it’s finally out! I don’t have my samples yet so if you have this or you’ve seen it let me know how it looks.

There is a puzzle, stationery, and a play set. Collect them all!

mudpuppy can

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

I just realized that I haven’t posted anything about this cool thing that I illustrated for Cranium this last Spring. Actually, there are two of them. One is set in an colorful jungle full of exotic wildlife, and the other is set in a funny ocean teeming with friendly whales and piranhas. Here are two larger views (click on them):

Talk 'n Tracks

Each of the puzzles has a battery-operated vehicle, a monkey in a banana for the jungle, and a seal for the ocean one. As the monkey/seal passes by the various animals and scenes, sound effects are triggered. The pieces can be rearranged in a multitude of ways creating hours and hours of endless amusement. Cranium hasn’t bothered to put it on their site (!!), but it’s available at Amazon dot com and Target.
I drew all the illustrations, which was interesting as I had to carefully follow the template path that had already been engineered.

Cranium Layout ssketch_s.jpg

It was a real challenge getting everything lined up just right.
At a recent open studio here it was a real hit with the kids…