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Thursday, July 17th, 2008

distorted Waikiki

Well this is different. In a certain career move that has nothing at all to do with childrens books or illustration I was asked to write a small piece for Wired.com’s how-to wiki. Michael Calore, the section’s editor, asked me to explain how I got my iPhone to take these twisty distorted photos that I have on my Flickr page.
And just so everyone knows, I’m also available to write articles on getting the most out of pocket calculators and electric pencil sharpeners.

Here’s the link.

Friday, June 13th, 2008

While waiting for my accordion to be fixed at Main Squeeze on Essex Street yesterday, I walked around the Lower East Side/Chinatown taking pictures of building signage with the iPhone. Here are some of the better ones.

Sushi signage
ideal hosiery sign
paints sign
electrical appliances

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

I just returned from a two-week hiatus from the studio. It was hard work, but I had to go to Hawaii for eleven days. Sacha and I spent six days in Oahu and five in Kauai. I’ve traveled a lot, with museums and culture and learning and whatnot, but I think this is the first real vacation I’ve taken as an adult. I drew maybe one sketch in my notebook, so it was a true vacation from work as well. Instead, I spent my time driving around the islands with Sacha, cooking seafood on the bbq grill, practicing my new ukuleles, and taking pictures. Lots and lots of pictures. Here are some. You can find more on my Flickr page.

the calm before palms on Kauai's north shore Ke'e Beach Hanalei Valley

Now I’m back in the studio, in Philadelphia, and facing a daunting schedule that includes several children’s books and a number of other illustration projects. Stay tuned here for all that. Aloha.

Monday, March 10th, 2008

I'm 40 today.

And I’m going to Hawaii in two weeks.

Friday, January 25th, 2008

I’m part of a beer club that meets once a month down the street in the basement of an Episcopal church. Typically we organize the meetings around tasting and discussing (and tasting) beer within a theme. For instance, Pilsners, or California micro-brews, or local ales, etc. We decided to brew our own back in December and show those who have never homebrewed the entire process. At a meeting in December we brewed a batch of IPA and one of a really dark Mexican-style lager (supposedly like a Negro Modelo) that I found in a beer cook-book.
WHen one brews, one always needs a name for said brew, and typically it’s nice to have a name for the brewery as well. Wilson and I have “Affe Haus” for what we make at home, which translates into (surprise!) Monkey House. We chose Church Basement Brewery for the church-brewed beer. And for the lager itself, celebrating both the holiday around which we brewed it and the three of us who did the brunt of the work (Chris, Kirk, and me) we went with Tres Hombres Sobrios, which means Three Wise Men, and which for anyone who really knows us, is funny.
For this occasion, I made labels. Thanks to Sacha for taking the picture.

Tres Hombres on the bottles
Tres Hombres Sobrios

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Happy Halloween to all the little children of the world.

pumpkins

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

Roberts Snowflake

I was lucky enough to have been invited to contribute another snowflake to The Jimmy Fund for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The program is called Robert’s Snow and many children’s book illustrators contribute. This took place in 2005 and now again. My snowflake and the others will be auctioned in November with proceeds going to the Jimmy Fund.
You can see Adam Rex’s snowflake here, and you can see the 2005 snowflakes here.

Monday, July 30th, 2007

Went out riding with the kids this last Saturday. Then I spent some time with Wilson yesterday in my new Premiere CS3 checking out the features. We remapped the time and sped things up, added titles, and imported a new version of an older tune. See it all here. If you aren’t happy with Vimeo, see it on Youtube as well. Enjoy.

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

An extension of the previous sketchbook birds. These are two paintings in black & white on cardboard. The color is added later. It immediately reads to me as pages in a picture book. Now, for a story…

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Wilson Biggs made this.
Yes, Wilson made this and blogged it. I guess it counts for news. He had a project to create something out of trash and junk. He designed this car and we put it together last night and today. Elliot helped paint the graphics, as well. More pics on Flickr.