Friday, April 27, 2012

Illustration Friday Jump

This was posted a while ago as part of my 100 Bow Ties in 100 Days or less. It is one of my personal favorites. The name pygmy jerboa alone is wonderful and he's jumping.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A great book just self published by a friend

A friend of my, Charles Lockwood, has just self published a wonderful alphabet book, Animals & Adjectives Arranged Alphabetically. You can purchase it here.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Bow Tie Gal of the Week

Hen (hen)

I am working hard on getting my work out to publishers again. I have found that you cannot wait for the time to do it. If you do, It will not happen. You just need to make the time and get it going. This was part of a submission to a publisher. I was working on the cover letter last night and Julia said I needed a chicken with a bow tie. Personally, I think chickens are foul, but I had to agree that it needed one. Despite my feelings about the bird, I loved drawing it (much easier than cows).

Monday, April 23, 2012

Happy Birthday Shakespeare

In honor of the bard's birthday. I created this a few years ago. Unfortunately, the performance never happened, but it was fun to work on.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Heights (Illustration Friday)

This is an illustration I did for the currently unpublished book The Twelve Elephants of Christmas. This one is 10 Elephants a-Leaping and they have reached new heights.

Weekly Bow Tie Guy

Llama (ˈlämə)
This one just rolled of the pencil. I am finding I love the snout of animals like the llama. this includes goats, giraffes, and moose. They are so odd.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


This is a reworking of one of the Bow Tie Guys that started it all. When approaching this weeks Illustration Friday word, puzzled, I couldn't help but think, “when in doubt have a robot with a bunch of birds around it.” It will work for almost anything.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Bill Peet (1915-2002), Master Story Teller:

Part of my Art Manifesto is to “11. Lend whatever support you can to those creators whose work you do appreciate and enjoy, even if it's only to tell other people about the quality of work they're doing. ” As such I will occasionally be highlighting artists and art work that I appreciate.

It is always for me to find an artist that I loved as a child and realize now how much they influenced me and are still influencing me today.

I first came to know about Bill Peet from his children’s books like “Cowardly Clyde,” “Hubert’s Hair-Raising Adventure,” and “The Wingdinfdilly.” His characters seemed to be outcasts and oddities. I connected with those characters and loved the whimsical nature of the illustrations. They looked quick and sketchy but were well thought out. They captured my imagination.

Later in life I discovered he had a hand in some of the best Disney movies. He started as an in-betweener and eventually worked his way into storyboarding and character design. He significantly influenced “Dumbo,” “101 Dalmatians,” and “The Sword in the Stone. ” It was fun to discover that he based Merlin from Sword in the Stone upon his view of Walt Disney. This movie also had one of my all time favorite scenes, the wizards duel, it is just brilliant.  He worked on animated shorts as well and similar to his children’s books focused on the different and the outcast with shorts like “Lambert, the Sheepish Lion,” “Goliath II,” and a few of the many brilliant Goofy shorts like “Knight for a Day.” He left Disney during the making of “The Jungle Book” due to creative differences with Walt Disney. Disney didn’t like what Bill had done and Bill refused to change it. It is interesting to note that this was the last film both men would be involved in.

He was a master drawer and drew everything he could. It is evident from his work that he particularly enjoyed drawing animals. He had an innate ability to tell a story visually and hit the right visual notes at the right time. He created simple but memorable characters and could draw wonderfully. I am grateful for Bill Peet’s work and his influence on my life and art.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Bow Tie Guy of the Week

Protoceratops (prōtəˈserəˌtäps)

I took a week off for spring break. I needed some time away from things. Luckily I was able to do a little more drawing. They think this guy has ancestral ties to triceratops.