It's fun getting the foreign editions of a book in the mail.
the news section
By "news" of course, we mean that which is new. Information, projects, ideas, that sort of thing. Maybe sometimes now and then you might find the "recent" and occasionally something quite "old" might find its way on to these pages. Possibly it could be in the form of an illustration, or perhaps I"m just behind the curve in some way. Enjoy.
Greek to me
June 1, 2015 | bookmark | Leave a Comment
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Ape, not monkey.
May 11, 2015 | bookmark | Leave a Comment
I drew a fun promo for Frank Einstein a couple of weeks ago for The Guardian, a newspaper in the UK. I always enjoyed those books by Ed Emberley when I was a kid, and this draws some inspiration from that.
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December 9, 2014 | bookmark | 2 Comments
I got this message this morning on the Facebook:
Hey Brian Biggs! We haven't met, but my friend Amy Ignatow recommended your books for my daughter and she LOVES them. adores. Devours. Our car battery finally died today, and when my husband and I were talking about needing a new one, she just said "it's not the battery." (She always takes the not battery side of the debate!). I think it's the battery. Anyway, thanks for the outstanding books.
And that's just awesome.
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Feliz Díos de los Muertos
October 29, 2014 | bookmark | Leave a Comment
(Click the images to see them bigger. In some cases, much bigger.)
I was recently asked by Steven Malk, my literary agent at Writers House, to create a promotional card for the upcoming holiday. No, not Halloween. Rather, the Day of the Dead, or Díos de los Muertos. I actually volunteered for this — he is putting together a series of these promotional images for the lesser-known holidays. Arbor Day, Grandparent's Day, and so on. When I saw Muertos on the list I jumped at the chance. I've long admired the work of J.G. Posada, whose wood-cut skeletons and other imagery I associate with the holiday.
Originally I thought I might even play with some printmaking techniques to pay a little homage to Posada as I make this image, but I quickly realized that with the looming deadline for the second Frank Einstein book, this would not be possible. I had to do what I do the way I know how to do it, and go from there.
I pretty much knew what I wanted to do from the start. The festive atmosphere of a Day of the Dead celebration is one that everyone should at some point experience. I don't love the goofy goth-horror side that Americans have sort of adapted over the years, and I wanted the story told here to be less about the costumes and more about the idea of this old guy moving from this life to the next. I went through a few phases with the sketches but it came together pretty quickly.
Below I post various steps in the process, in order that I made them, and some details from the final art.
The printed card is only 4.25" x 6", so I'm sad that a lot of the detail of the line-work is difficult to make out. I'd love to print this thing bigger at some point. Maybe when I get the mythical screen-printing gear in my closet here set up and running…
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dead and happy
October 22, 2014 | bookmark | 2 Comments
I did a Day of the Dead job recently that I'll post next week — in the meantime here's what I think of as "skull practice." A couple of sketchbook things, and a small painting for my brother's baby daughter in The Ukraine.
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September 11, 2014 | bookmark | Leave a Comment
I mentioned this in the last post, but there has been progress! This is a first for me, and after three weeks I think I'd like to make it a regular thing.
Thanks everyone who has been reading, buying, and spreading the word about Frank Einstein.