Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Here are a couple of pieces I've done recently based on moments from the book "The Wolves of Willoughby Chase".  The first one is of the maid Pattern dressing Sylvia, who's thinking about her poor old aunt who she used to live with.  The second shows the caretaker Miss Slighcarp speaking to the carriage driver while taking Sylvia and her cousin Bonnie to a boarding school.  Two of my favorite books when I was younger were "Blackhearts in Battersea" and "Nightbirds on Nantucket" by Joan Aiken.  "The Wolves of Willoughby Chase" was the first in the series, which I somehow missed back then, but have recently caught up with.  Joan Aiken wrote these wonderful Dickensian stories that take place in an alternative early 19th century world, and I just love them.  I've been wanting to do some black and white pieces geared towards middle grade novels for my portfolio, and these stories were the perfect inspiration.  Enjoy!

Dan Makes a Cameo!

I was going to save this post for the holiday season, but I've decided to share it with you now after all.  It's another double page spread from the book "Busy Trucks On The Go" which I illustrated recently.  And look who's there!  Dan, the Taxi Man and his pup!  I loved that Eric Ode, the author of these books, wanted Dan to make a cameo in "Busy Trucks" and this is one of my favorite pieces from the new book.

Valentine's Day Redux!

I recently went in and did some revisions to this piece that I did a little while ago.  The changes were relatively minor, but I like these improvements a lot.  Take a look!

Monday, July 21, 2014


This is one of the interior illustrations from "Busy Trucks On The Go".  I had a fun time doing the research on all the different kinds of trucks there are and figuring out how I was going to draw them.  Some old friends might make a visit as well!

Busy Trucks On The Go!

I'm delighted to announce that my second picture book, "Busy Trucks On The Go" has arrived! It was my great pleasure to once again work with the fabulous author, Eric Ode, and the wonderful folks at Kane Miller, who published the book.

"Town to town and here to there, busy trucks are everywhere!"

Check it out!  Available from Usbourne Books & More and other fine retailers.

(Click on the post title to go to Usbourne!)

Father's Day

Here's a piece I did for my Dad on Father's Day.  It's based on an old photograph of us that I really like, taken when we were on vacation with my Mom's parents.