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.

robot, dancing

July 20, 2014 | bookmark | 1 Comment

Some things take a lot of work, and some things just fall right there into place. This is of the latter. Just had an idea one morning to do some identity work for my ongoing music project, Dance Robot, Dance. This started out years ago consisting of only computer-based electronic music made with software and has expanded into a sprawling thing that covers all the instruments I know how to play as well as interesting recording techniques and editing processes. I chose my main four tools to use here: electric guitar, accordion, modular synthesizer, and sax.
The result here was created digitally, but I'd like to use it with rubber stamps and screen-printing, for starters.

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featuring the illustrator

July 17, 2014 | bookmark | Leave a Comment

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Frank Einstein is coming out in a month and it's really starting to generate some press and attention. Middle Shelf is a digital magazine about kids' books, and in the current issue they feature the illustrator of Frank Einstein on page 28. Enjoy.

Go there here.

dogs and cats

July 17, 2014 | bookmark | 1 Comment

I'm working on a LOT of stuff right now. Illustrating the second Frank Einstein book, drawing a picture book that I can write more about this fall, working on another Little Golden Book, illustrating the eighth Ellray Jakes book, as well as preliminary work on several books that I'm writing. There's not much to post about any of this, yet, but I like teaser images. So here are some details from one of the covers of one my own books that I'm hoping to begin writing and drawing early next year. Got all that?

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Dog Days of School

June 17, 2014 | bookmark | Leave a Comment

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Today is publication day of Dog Days of School. This book was written by Kelly DiPucchio and edited by Rotem Moscovich at Disney/Hyperion. Actually, she was the third editor on the book, as I signed on to do this thing way way back in, what, 2007 or 2008 or something like that. Everything Goes came along and took days off the calendar, and then The Boy Who Cried Alien had to get done, and finally last year after completing the third and final Everything Goes book, I took a few months and got this thing done.

And done it is. I love this book. I mean, okay, the illustrations are whatever. I like 'em and I hope you do too. But the book makes me laugh. When I read the script I knew that this was going to be a fun project. Freak Friday, but with a boy and a dog.

Here are some illustrations and sketches from the book. Please enjoy thanks.

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A bunch of thumbnail sketches here. This is the form sketches come in when I first make them, and scan them. It's the hardest but most important part of the whole process, for me.

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Children's Book Week Champion am I.

April 11, 2014 | bookmark | Leave a Comment

The Children's Book Council asked me to make a video for their Children's Book Week 2014. They asked author/illustrator Amy Ignatow as well, and she and I had the bright idea to collaborate. We filmed the thing on a crummy-weather Saturday back in February, and today it's released to the anxious masses.

Surprise cameo and good music as well.

You can see more Children's Book Week Champion videos here.

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Dog Days is coming!

February 27, 2014 | bookmark | Leave a Comment

Dog Days of School

Dog Days of School

In 2007, I signed on to illustrate two books for Hyperion. One was The Boy Who Cried Alien, by Marilyn Singer, and the other was called Dog Days of School, by Kelly DiPucchio. At the time, I was just getting my legs as a book illustrator and was excited to get these two projects while I start the process of learning to write my own books.

Little did I know that the seed of Everything Goes was planted a few months later, which subsequently took over my life for five years. This and other delays caused Alien and Dog Days to get pushed back a few years (!). Well, The Boy who Cried Alien came out in 2012, and Dog Days is finally coming out this June. I drew this book immediately after finishing Everything Goes and it was a dream to work on these big flat comparatively simply-composed illustrations. I only used six or seven colors for the entire book, and tried a few techniques with the art that I wasn't able to do in Everything Goes.

I received a prepublication copy of the book yesterday and my lordy it looks beautiful. I mean, okay, the drawings are alright. But Hyperion knocked the production and design out of the park on this thing. Rotem Moscovich edited and Tyler Nevins did the design and I can't think them enough. Of course, I can't think Kelly enough for writing it either, and being incredibly patient as her story sat on my shelf for nearly seven years.

Look for more on this book in the next few months, including cover sketches and how it got made. Stay tuned!

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