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aliens in the works

March 21st, 2011

I know you haven’t heard from me. It’s not you, it’s me. I’ve been busy. I know, I know, you’ve heard it before. I use it as an excuse way too often. I know what you’re gonna say. “Just a quick post? A card? Just text me and let me know you’re okay.”

Well, in my defense I have been updating my Twitter thing now and then, along with an occasional Dribbble and a Facebook update. Not enough? Okay, okay, I’ll try harder.

Everything Goes: On Land is done and at the printers, and the wheels have begin spinning within the deeper, darker halls of HarperCollins preparing to market and publicize the book. The I Can Read series that will accompany the books is in the works (which will be its own post one day — it’s a very odd and interesting process), and soon I have to start the beginnings of book two.
As soon as Everything Goes was done, I had to complete a long long delayed Brownie & Pearl book. This was book six of eight, so I have two more to do this year. Now I’m steamrolling through a book called The Boy Who Cried Alien, written by Marilyn Singer. This book first showed up in my life in the summer of 2007. It’s been through a few edits, a few editors, and then got hung up last year when I got buried in Everything Goes. Now it’s due in two weeks, and I’m laying low while getting this thing done. It’s a hilarious book and it’s been a lot of fun to work on, even if it has been for four years. I’ll post some more about this book as it’s completed and then as it nears publication as well.

two lost aliens

two lost aliens

These two images are of Dreab and Carlig, two aliens from the planet Yeah who crash land here on Earth. The language is their own, and the book includes translations.

This is Larry, who discovers the aliens and tries to warn the town. More to come. Don’t call me, I’ll call you.

Space Puzzle for Mudpuppy

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

Dreab and Carlig

May 24th, 2008


This is a “preparatory” image for a book I’m illustrating and starting to work on. It’s a pretty large black & white painting with color added in Photoshop. The book is nuts and will look pretty different from most of the other stuff I’m working on. It’s supposed to be done late this year and will be published sometime in 2009. More to come.