Monday, September 10, 2007

Sunday, August 19, 2007


This is Crunchy, the pickeled Pirate captain. He has just found the long lost treasure of Pickeled Pete the scourge of the Kosher Seas.

If you color him up and send a pic / jpeg, tiff,png / of him to me, I'll reward you with a pic of a new pickled pirate.

My e-mail is

If you do a really good job I'll mail you the original drawing of your new pirate.

Friday, August 10, 2007

My first real book

This is the first book that I've illustrated that gives me credit on the front cover!
It comes out soon for Christmas '07.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007


This was a quick experiment with illustrating with sculpey.
The background is painted (acrylic) illustration board.
The scarecrow and moon are white sculpey that was painted with acrylics also.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

IF - Poem

This idea for a poem that has been rattling around in my head for awhile.
I liked the word play of kneaded and needed.
So being an artist old enough to know the joy of stretching those erasers I naturally used it as my subject.
I do still have a few sitting in a drawer waiting to be used.

If you can't read the poem when you click on the image and open it up bigger you can read it here.

The UnKneaded Eraser
A poem for artists who remember

The kneaded eraser sits alone on my shelf,
off to the side, alone, by itself.

wrapped in clear plastic, stamped with green ink,
it sits there unkneaded in it's rectangular shape.

Collecting dust and waiting for use.
the kind it would get from artistic abuse.

Pulled, and stretched, and shaped into forms,
people and animals and shapes I can't mention.

In the past I used them quite a lot, it's true
But, today I have a Mac in my lap, and a desktop too.

So the kneaded eraser sits alone on my shelf,
unkneaded, unused, and unsealed.

But today I have a yearning, a wanting, a burning desire
to make some thing with shape, and volume, and form.

So I take the unkneaded eraser down from it's place,
and spend hours and hours with a smile on my face.

Making monkeys, and lions, and something I still can't mention
Out of this wonderful eraser that's unkneaded no more.

Thursday, March 08, 2007


This topic came up just at the right time for me.
I just finished illustrating my first "Illustrated By" book.
I've illustrated others, just didn't get credit for it.
I did 12 double page spreads and the cover in less than 2 months.
I'm guessing it will be out this Christmas season '07.
They didn't tell me the publishing date.
It will be published by Ideals or Candy Cane Press.
It will be one of those books that play music when you open it.

It fits this weeks topic because there is a little mouse hiding in each spread.
Now this book is for kids between 3 and 9 years old so don't be too proud if you find him real easily.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007


Here he is "The Red Eye"
And another idea...

A devil may care match.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

IF-Super Hero

I knew that it would be hard not to draw a super hero for this weeks topic.
Since I already drew the XMen for the Phoenix topic a couple of weeks back, I decided to draw a super hero character that we created on a recent trip to Virginia.
On nights when we would stay at a hotel I would put the two boys to bed with a story of "Super Baby Emma"
She was of course based on their then 6 month old sister who thought it was great fun to be held up and fly around as I used her to tell the story. She was featured in stories like, "Diaper Delimma", The Binky Burgalar", and "Poo Poo to you."

This image show's her being held up to fly and what she might be imagining.
I believe I'll color it with markers and colored pencils, but I don't know if I'll have time to this week.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

IF - The 80's

I know this isn'tt exactly what the subject was supposed to inspire me to draw, but my brain doesn't seem to function like most others.
This image shows what kids here in the Mid West like to do when the tempurature reaches "The 80's". degrees that is.
This rough image was concieved and finished in less than an hour because today is Thursday, and because the paper was cut wrong for a book illustration job that I am just starting.
I just wanted to see if the marker was going to bleed on the paper - it did slightly- and how it would take the colored pencil.

I had originally planned on drawing an 80's band who's members are all in their 80's, or what life would be like when I reach my 80's in the year 2050 or so.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

IF - Buzz

Well, I went for the obvious bug theme this time, but I did put a twist on it.
You're looking at Buzzster McBeef and two members of his Buzz Bombers Gang. The Spanish Fly Bros.
They are carrying future members of the gang.
Buzzster is kind of inspired by Paul Sr. from American Choppers.
The Spanish Flys are inspired by ads in those magazines my Dad seemed to lose in the most curious places. I did my best to find them all for him. Though he didn't seem to pleased when I announced to everyone in the room that I had found another one as I returned it to him.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

IF - Phoenix


Being an artist who read X-Men comics during the whole Phoenix/Dark Phoenix saga I naturally thought of her when I checked to see what this weeks word was.
Of course I couldn't just draw the character Phoenix, that would be too easy.
I started thinking about her and the mythological creature that inspired her name/powers and the part that stuck with me was the "rebirth from the ashes" thing.
So that got me to thinking about birth, what do people do to celebrate birth? They throw a party. Well what would happen if this was the umpteenth time you were reborn? What would the atmosphere be like in the School for Gifted Youngsters if this was Phoenix's umpteenth "first" birthday? Would they be happy? I don't believe they were when she was reborn in the comic. They called her Dark Phoenix for a reason.
So the image above is the result of that thinking. The only one happy seems to be Kurt and thats because he likes cake.