Saturday, December 19, 2009

Best Nest

Rough layout sketches for a birds' nest poem.

Monday, November 23, 2009

fun stuff

playing around with some ideas...

and Humpty Dump...

(pretty corny joke but i like how it came out)

opening spread (maybe?) for new "duck" book

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Newburyport Harbor

sketch Lisa Ann II in the Merimack River. I plan on doing a whole series of these, provided I can find some good brush pens soon.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Friday, September 25, 2009

Is this a plausible scenario??

Would a 4-5 yr old read (or look at the pictures) of a picture book under the covers with a flashlight (in lieu of sleep)?

I know the idea of a kid with a flashlight under the covers is oft-used prototypical imagery (and that's OK with me) BUT at WHAT age do they do this? I know I did it but I feel like it wasn't until older... I don't know.

I do have to swap out the Mad magazine parody in favor of a picture book (4 yr olds wouldn't be reading mad--wouldn't get the joke)

I have to nail the age logistics.


Tuesday, September 08, 2009

bobcat maze

initial rough drawing:

revised rough:

and final:

Friday, August 14, 2009

A or B?

the only difference is the monster kids in the "background" of the bus.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Monday, July 20, 2009

monster character sketches

Fooling with some character ideas for two little monster brothers...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

old vs new

old (cut paper style--didn't go over so well):

new (digital paint):

too subtle a difference? i toned down and simplified the palette, worried less about line and tried to retain some sketchiness, and blotted in color with bigger brush and generally tried to be looser (like the post below).

Thursday, July 09, 2009

too rough?

Is this too rough a drawing/style to be considered a finished piece for a picture book? It's been so hard to let myself be this loose and simple. Does it work?

I think most immediately of James Marshall and Quentin Blake (and more recently, Mo Willems) as examples of rough but simple PB illustration.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Maine Illustrators Collective: WORKING ARTISTS SHOW, Kennebunk Library

WORKING ARTISTS SHOW, organized by some of the artists in the MEIC, is being held in a gallery space, at the Kennebunk Free Library in Kennebunk, ME.

Show runs July 2nd-July 31st

Artist's Reception is in Hank's Room, Kennebunk Free Library
July 8th 4:30-7:30pm The public is welcome.

In addition to myself, the following artists will be participating in the exhibit:
Gabe McPhail
Joel Zain Rivers
Nicole Fazio
Nancy Cooper Funk
Jamie Hogan
Jessica Lynn Clark
Judith Hunt
Patricia Sharp SHARP DESIGN’S STUDIO & GALLERY Milbridge, Maine
Pat Wooldridge
Leticia Plate
Christia Siravo
Katie Diamond
Michael Boardman
Helen Stevens
Roz Davis
Wade Zahares /

MEICwebsite is Blog:

Saturday, May 23, 2009

School Is For Nincompoops pages 8,9

UPDATE: 6/18/09--Editors aren't going for the color palette and "mass market" look of this illustration and others I've done like it... I'm going to have to take a hard look at my stuff and reevaluate my strengths and weaknesses... I've GOT to figure SOMETHING out!

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Bear Food

After much deliberation, I've opted to go with a less is more approach regarding line work...

Thursday, April 02, 2009

sample dummy image--Schmucks, anyone?

did the finished line drawing only to realize i need to rework the entire page layout to better accommodate the type.

As it stands here, the point of view could be interpreted incorrectly or at least be a little confusing. I'll post the revised rough image once it has been realized...

Also, CAN YOU SAY "SCHMUCKS" IN A PICTURE BOOK (for 4-8 year olds)? Is there any better (funnier??) words that would fit? I've dabbled with "dweebs" but it might not sound as good in the given sentence (which is also the title, tentatively) as well.


Thursday, February 26, 2009

WHICH ONE DO YOU PREFER?--hey it took 3rd place! Not too shabby

Two illustrations I am actually happy with... each for the same theme: "Many Voices". Which one do I go with?? The 'Many Vises' design with the teacher/student was the first one I cooked up but I felt it was maybe a bit too obtuse a concept?... so, I then conjured up the more generic but hopefully still fun dinosaur poster. Please cast your vote on the right -->


Friday, January 02, 2009

Look what I made now!

(My wife helped too)

So that's been my last BIG creative endeavor. Hopefully, will be posting some new illustration work soon!