Sunday, October 22, 2017

My First Paying Gig!


Way back in 1991, I had my first paying illustration job - images for a book by the father of one of my high school classmates. The book is unavailable (though you can see Mr. Murray's current work online at the Digital Couch) and the original art is lost, but after school visits in my home state of Michigan this week, I finally have a PDF of the book with my drawings! I'd pretty much forgotten what they were like. Here are a couple of my favorites, which are pretty typical of how I drew in high school.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Certain Points Of View


I'm deep into working on the final art for Lucy & Andy Neanderthal book 3, but found time to contribute to the From A Certain Point Of View Star Wars anthology.
Head over to starwars.com to get a complete step-by-step look into the process behind making the piece!
*UPDATE*
And this just in, I was interviewed over at the Threadless blog for their podcast, which focuses on process and creativity. So you can listen to that, too!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Research and Inspiration

Here's a few bits of research and inspiration for my Lucy & Andy Neanderthal series. The Geno 2.0 box is from National Geographic's Genographic project, which I used to learn that I have 2.2% Neanderthal DNA. The Neanderthals Art & Science Kit included a skeleton (which I assembled and set on the bookshelf in my studio office) and a plaster mold to cast a Neanderthal face (which is still in the box). There's a fossil of an echinoderm - which is a plant - but I like to think of it as some kind of strange, alien being. I got the souvenir woolly mammoth tusk and hair set, but also have a woolly mammoth card (with an actual piece of  mammoth tusk) from Upper Deck's Champs Hockey Cards. From the same set I got the Neanderthal base card and a Neanderthal flint stone knife artifact. From Gibraltar, a one pound coin that commemorated the discovery of Neanderthal bones. A birthday card I got last year, and the prehistoric themed story cubes. And of course, an actual stone knife found in France (not by me) from circa 25,000-30,000 years ago. At that age it may have been used by early humans and not Neanderthals, but still makes for a great connection to the past.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Wake Up And Draw Day

To celebrate Jack Kirby's birthday, the Hero Initiative has artists draw today and then will auction the artwork off later. I drew Andy from my Lucy & Andy Neanderthal series, since book two - The Stone Cold Age - comes out tomorrow. And if you're in Chicago, you can come to the official release party at the Book Cellar tomorrow night (Tuesday August 29, at 6PM).
*UPDATE* My piece is up for auction to benefit Hero Initiative now!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Pre-Order now!

The Darth Vader and Family Coloring Book is available for pre-order now from Chronicle Books - and if you're quick you can get the limited edition pencil case with it. The book will be out March 28. Now it's back to drawing Neanderthals for me!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Coloring Wars!

If you're like me, you've enjoyed making hundreds of Star Wars drawings and coloring them in over the years. But what if you don't like drawing Star Wars, and you just want to do the coloring? You'll finally be able to with the Darth Vader and Family Coloring book, coming out March 28! Available from places like Amazon.comBarnes & Noble, and your local independent bookstore for $14.95. There are pages from the Vader and Son series of books to color along with brand new images. And no, this is not one of those "adult" coloring books, but it's not a kids coloring book either, so everyone in the family can enjoy! Except maybe your pet Loth-Cats. 





Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Lucy & Andy Neanderthal



Back in 2010 I had the idea of doing a fun caveman series that was grounded in all the exciting new research about Neanderthals I was seeing. The idea got shelved at the time, but when I was wrapping up my last Jedi Academy book, I thought it would be the perfect series to work on next. It took a couple years, a ton of reading, three rough drafts plus the final artwork - and the first book finally comes out today. Here's a look at some of the first sample pages and sketches I did for the project while figuring out exactly how to make the characters look and ways to include a little information along with the humor of the story.