Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas!

I'm almost, almost, almost ready for Chrismas. Finally got my cards out today!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tintin is coming!

The new Spielberg movie "The Adventure of Tintin" is about to open, something I've been both looking forward to and dreading. It's been mentioned in several places that the Tintin books, while hugely successful in Europe, are little known here in America. That seems funny to me, since both my brother and I have been huge fans since childhood, growing up in the wilds of Michigan. I remember reading black and white reprints which were serialized in, I believe, Children's Digest back in the third grade, and we soon had a collection of most of the books at home. My brother Mark even wrote an essay about how Milou, (Snowy the dog in the English translation), was his favorite cartoon character of all for one of his college applications.

Now the Spielberg movie is coming out. The trailers I've seen are full of action and swooping cameras. They're exciting to watch. I've always enjoyed the old-fashioned kind of popcorn movies that Spielberg is so good at. That's the part that I'm looking forward to. What I'm not looking forward to is all the motion capture weirdness. No matter how well its done, the characters come off as soulless zombies. It's a choice I don't understand. If you're going to do a "live action" movie with these stories, why not just hire actors with a resemblance to the beloved characters and let it go at that? What we have to deal with are "actors" who are eerily not quite human and not quite the charming drawing we grew up with. Neither fish or fowl, as the old phrase goes.

I guess I'm just a purist. I would have loved to see an old-fashioned, well done, traditionally animated movie that really captured the spirit and look of these stories that I have loved. Most of all, I'm sorry that my brother Mark didn't get the chance to see this movie. I would have loved to hear his opinion.

CJ, the lawyer

Here's the final illustration that I did for my cousin, a "portrait" of his son CJ who's currently going to law school. I was trying to get it done in time for Christmas, but I guess I didn't quite make it. Oh well...

Friday, November 18, 2011

Lawyer, Lawyer

Hello everybody, I'm back! I've been awfully busy these last three months doing the final illustrations for my first picture book. I finally finished this week and sent them in to the publisher. I'm happy to report that they really like them! It was quite the learning experience for me.

This sketch is for another project, a commission from my cousin.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Hello everybody! I've been a bit lax about posting on my blog lately because I've been busy working on my first children's book! It's called Dan, the Taxi Man and it will be out sometime next fall. I'm in the midst of doing the final illustrations and I'm having a blast doing it.

I took a little break to do this illustration for my next postcard. This one is inspired by the Nathanial Hawthorne story Feathertop, about a scarecrow who falls in love, a story that I've wanted to illustrate for a while.


And this is for the backside of my latest postcard. It was a nice diversion from the other work I'm doing now. Fun, simple and quick!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

IF-Midsummer Night

Well, I've finally gotten back to doing an entry for Illustration Friday, due to a lucky coincidence! I had picked Midsummer Night's Dream as the subject for my next postcard mailer, and was working on the piece when it was announced that Midsummer Night was the next IF subject. I love lucky coincidences, I just wished they happened more often!

This was my first traditionally painted piece after doing a lot of work in photoshop the past couple of months. It was great to work with real paint again, but I guess all mediums have their advantages. There were moments that I really wanted an undo button on this.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Big Princess Hair in Glorious Technicolor

I recently finished a freelance project that forced me to give myself a crash course in Photoshop, (even though I had played with it a little before...) The project was fun but a LOT of work. Now that its done I wanted to try coloring my own piece so I took my sketchbook doodle that I posted previously and here it is...

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Big Princess Hair

Just a little quickie from my sketchbook. I didn't want to ignore the blog for too long. I've been busy the last few weeks on a freelance project that I hope to have done by the end of this coming weekend. Wish me luck!

Thursday, April 28, 2011


Wow, I've done two Illustration Fridays in a row! Yay me! I did this one quicker and looser than I usually do, so that I could have it in time to submit.

Sunday, April 17, 2011


I've finally gotten around to doing another piece for Illustration Friday. This weeks subject is Journey. This piece is very much inspired by a Saturday Evening Post cover by JC Leyendecker, one of my favorite illustrators.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Back of the Postcard

"I'm a little jazz bird and I'm telling you to be one too!" -Ira Gershwin. This is for the backside of my new postcard.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Spring Planting

Chuck is back! This is an illustration for my next postcard. It's spring planting time for Chuck.