Friday, September 05, 2008

An Itsy Bitsy Bit more

These are 2 more interior images from "The Itsy Bitsy Spider."
It will be published by Ideals Books. I'm not sure of the release date yet.

Illustrated by Robert Snyder

Monday, August 18, 2008


Letterhead ideas -
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Banner ideas -
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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Friday, August 08, 2008


It's almost impossible not to think of magic when you see or hear the word Poof.
So I started thinking about ways to do it without a rabbit and a hat.
For some unexplainable reason the Immaculate Conception came to mind.
Magically making a woman pregnant is a pretty good poof moment, I think.
My experience in coming up with titles for giftware figurines has led me to the practice of substituting one word for another that kind of sounds the same.
So I swapped out Conception with Confection and all of a sudden I had a woman who's belly had to turn into food.
I had to look up what a confection was in a cook book, because I wasn't sure what one was exactly. I knew it was some kind of dessert, but what kind?
The book had a recipe for some fancy strawberries. My mind automatically saw the stem as an "outie" so I had my idea and the drawing below is the result....

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

My new book job

The Itsy Bitsy Spider opening spread.

I have been contracted to illustrate a children's musical board book for Ideals Publishing.
This is my second book for them. We are putting our spin on the "story" of the song.

I have had an idea for a picture book of the "real life" of the Itsy Bitsy Spider for several years.
I got the chance to work a couple of ideas intto this book.
If I can find the time and talent to write the story the way I want, I'll someday illustrate the story the way I want to.
Until then getting to illustrate him for Ideals is a good scratch to the itch.

I even managed to get one of my Friends/clients into the art as the Father spider you see above.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

IF - Canned

I did my usual, word association exercise to come up with an idea for this weeks word, but I still ended up with a can.
It was hard to avoid on this one. So instead of something in a can, I decided to do the can as a character.
Of course, there's still something in the can. Pre recorded radio.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

IF-Garden Inked

This is an example of how I work when I do traditional art.
This image was done for The IF site where the word of the week was "Garden."

The rough.

The tight line art.

The inked art.

The marker study.

The final painted art. Watercolor with ink outlines on watercolor paper

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Wonder for Picture Bookies site.

The "Picture Bookies" site is the same as the IF site.
They give you a word. You draw a picture.
The word this week is "Wonder."
This is a marker study.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

IF - Leap

Well, it's been a while since I was able to do anything for IF, but I felt the need to take a leap and restart my submissions.
I went through several ideas for this one, from the obvious frog leaping to a group of animals sitting around a tree stump looking at what's left of a squirrell who forgot to look before he leaped. I still might get back to that one and change the squirrell to an object that is fascinating them.
This image came from one of those moments when you stop thinking and an idea just pops into your head.
What animal is least likely to leap? An elephant. Why would he leap? Mouse. Why would the mouse want him to leap? Well, so he can have some shade of course and still get a breeze once in a while.