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.
I think it took me from concept to finish about two or three weeks and I was working on a couple of other illustrations at the same time while one dried I would work on a different one. I will post the other two illustration after the 2014 Tomie dePaola Awards is finished.
size: 9 X 24 watercolor, pen & ink and finished in Photoshop
something about a red bear and another of a book cover design for Moby-Dick.
Go figure inspiration from Twitter, well you never know where or how its going to find you.
early ink sketch
I did a handful of sketches and liked this one
I decided I wanted it to be longer than 8.5X 11 so Moby got its own page
Along the way I added a dog
pencil drawing with watercolor
I have been working a little differently instead of going straight to ink, then adding watercolor, I've been doing a pencil drawing on watercolor paper with washes of watercolor and adding ink in the end; it takes longer this way but the results are
pen and ink with watercolor
Almost done I need to scan them fit it together and finish it in Photoshop
On January 19th 2014 I received of phone call "Michael past away this morning" On March 31st 2014 We celebrated his life.
A celebration of a man that I loved who was a great Artist, Director, and Friend. It was a night filled with speakers, clips, and a chance to see two animated shorts "Doctor De Soto" and "The Hunting of the Snark". His wife Heidi did a great job capturing this mans life.
Ray Kosarin spoke of the time working in the studio and that brought back some good memories. It was also great to see old friends/colleagues/family, big hugs all around. It had been a few years since I seen some of them; but it was just like yesterday side by side working together.