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A little about my artwork: I interpret the words written on a page by telling the story behind the story working with pen and ink, watercolor and Photoshop, I fuse old techniques with modern ones to create a world that every drawing can speak to a child or grownups.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Illustration Friday "sight"

The goal is in sight

Illustration Friday

7 x 8 pen and ink digitally painted

Monday, May 21, 2012

5 days to go!

There are only 5 days to go
and I am very happy to see so many take the time to pledge,
I know more money has been raised then what is shown; like my self I just handed Micheall
 my pledge into his hand
(I did not want to create another account)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

IF " Kernel"

 Illustration Friday
weeks challenge

pen & ink digitally colored

Monday, May 14, 2012

Time moves Fast

It is hard to believe that it has been a year; time moves very fast and yet it seems like yesterday.
In the being I had several dreams, thought I heard him walking in the apartment I’d see him out of the corner of my eye sleeping in his favorite spot. But as time moved forward they became less frequent.

Until last month with “G’s” episode then he once again was in my dreams looking strong with his big ears back, big grin on his face that I always felt was a privet joke going on in his head.
And I thought I heard his tags jingling from behind the front door as when he used to greet me when entering my home.
Unlike “G” who makes almost everybody feels like they are her best friend when she greets you; if she shies away from a person then that person is not worth knowing.
much younger "G"
Hamlet ignored almost everyone I think I could count the number of people on one hand who he acknowledged. There was a guy in the park that had his own dogs and he would carry treats for them. He would toss one to Hamlet who would catch it in the air then spit it out “G” would grab it as it hit the floor.  It still brings a smile to my face.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Illustration Friday "Hitched"

Illustration Friday
It was love at first bubble

concept artwork pen and ink digitally colored

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Maurice Sendak, 1928-2012

Maurice Sendak
"I didn't sleep with famous people or movie stars or anything like that. It's a common story: Brooklyn boy grows up and succeeds in his profession, period," he told the AP.

Mr. Sendak, died early Tuesday in Danbury, Conn., at age 83,
four days after suffering a stroke.

I could type out a bunch of words about this man but I would not do him justice.
Those who know me or have taken the time to read my past post know I have mentioned Mr. Sendak many times. He is an inspiration to me and a loss to the publishing world 
I found this post from it gives a good overview of his life I decided to just put up a handful of illustrations from varies books he illustrated:

He kind of looks like his character's

Monday, May 7, 2012

Sundays post "POE POURRI"

Artwork taken from "Micheal Sporn's Splog"

Yes once again I am posting on my blog about
the POE project
on Sunday Michael Sporn wrote about Edgar Allan Poe
Relationships also shared some artwork from the animated feature he is looking to get started
if you enjoy Poe you will enjoy his post
To view or pledge you can visit: Indiegogo Poe Project

Michael creates wonderful animated films, they are timeless some of the projects I worked on are still being shown on HBO (I’m not saying how long ago that was)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Illustration Friday "JUMP"

Illustration Friday

Buddy took a deep breath and Jumped!
pen and ink digitally colored

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Creating layouts

Last week I was sent three images from “Why Am I Me?” with text by the art director. I believe the author Wayne Harris-Wyrick wants to create a video to help promote the book and I guess she felt I should be in the loop.

This gives me an opportunity to do a quick break down on how I created layouts for this publisher.

I am sent the script/text for the story I know that for their picture books it will be 8.75 X 9 inches or if a two page spread 17.5 X 9 the size includes bleed, also I have twenty five pages to tell the balk of the story out of the thirty two pages for the picture book.
 After many times reading the story I find the breaks or what I fondly call the breaths and start scribbling the page number next to what text will go on what page. This can and usually changes when I start creating a storyboard; the storyboard helps me see the flow.

Then I layout the pages how I see the images and text put together, I know they like full color illustrations so I give them it not hard and I have adopted for them keeping the background soft and out of focus. You can see with the amount of text per page it is easier to place the written word without overlapping the artwork. If I design it to overlap the foreground artwork I remove my ink line to soften the artwork, trying to make it easier to read the words on that page.

page 12 with text

All the pages in this book except for two pages were two page spreads a lot more fun to work with, I am guessing that the art director did not want to give too much of the story away by sending the full two page spread since there is text on both pages so I had already had a couple up for the last year without text and I have added it to this post.
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