I was recently invited as a guest on the SquaredCo Podcast where I discuss my journey into full time freelance and just how I got into the business of writing and illustrating picture books. This was my first ever podcast and I had a blast being a part of the show. Lots of good nuggets in here. I hope you enjoy listening.
Spider-Man is one of my favorite comic book characters and after seeing the new movie I just had to draw him. I enjoyed that the movie played up that Peter Parker is a 15 year old kid. I wanted to capture that same feel with this illustration. Also includes in this post are two other spiderman illustrations, that were inspired by the rectangle on the top left of each Marvel comic that showed the main characters in that series
After school, if I were lucky enough to get home in time I would turn on the tv and watch BATMAN. Everything about that show was awesome. The theme song, The animated opening, the fight scenes and the Batmobile. As kids, we watched and wondered how Batman and Robin were going to get out of this week's jam. Then went outdoors with towels safety pinned around our necks for capes and imagined we were Batman. As adults, we watched as if seeing the show for the first time because we had no clue it was so funny. I believe this is why the show has endured with fans. There have been quite a few actors play the caped crusader but none so groovy as Adam West. Farewell, old chum, you will be missed.
I recently received a Pewter Plate Award from Highlights for my contribution in Highlights HighFive. The Award was for Puzzle Poem Illustration of the Year called Pippi's Pancakes. To see more of the art from this project click here. A big Thank You! to Highlights for this award. It's an honor to work with you all.
My son had never seen Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure so the night before President's Day we sat down and watched. My favorite part of the movie has always been Lincoln's address to the student body of San Dimas High. After watching I thought this quick illustration would make the perfect tribute to an iconic movie and a message we should all remember to embrace. - Party on Dudes!
So my mom had a box full of old valentine cards. I only found one with a date which was 1947. That would make these little dandies 70 years old. There are way too many to show all at once so I may make this an annual post for the next 100 years or until I can highlight them all. Enjoy and Happy Valentines Day.
Here ya go. My Christmas gift to you. These little illustrations were not scientifically measured to fit anyones phone. It works on mine, so hopefully it will work on yours. Copy 'em, save'em and bring a little Christmas cheer to your phone.
I'm a big fan of Hillsong music. One song I have been listening to is "Captain.". I was inspired to create art based on the song and heavily influenced by the video. Okay, to be honest, I pulled this totally from the video. I kind of wish I hadn't seen it, Then I would have a unique take on the song. That said, the video is beautifully done, and I just couldn't resist creating some fun moody fan art that paid homage to a great song and video.
You wouldn't know it to look at him, but Kyle is a vegan.
Claudine was the Wesson's prize winning laying hen. She had won the blue ribbon five years running at the state fair. Over the years she had become a bit cocky. If you visited the Wesson's farm, you were sure to see Claudine strutting around ruling the roost. Then one night Claudine up and disappeared. The Wesson's wasted no time in setting up a search party. The 4H club offered a handsome reward. Some townsfolk suspected Clem, the Wesson's rooster who had suddenly taken charge in the chicken coop. A few days after Claudine's disappearance there was a break in the case. A neighbor found Claudine across the street from the Wesson's farm, lifeless. Folks around those parts say if you visit the Wesson's farm, on the anniversary of Claudine's disappearance you might just see her ghost crossing the street. For the town's folk, this mystery has remained unsolved, to this day they are still asking "Why did the chicken cross the road?".