Friday, May 22, 2015

Little Elephant

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Tar Pit Trouble! La Brea Tar Pits! And Science!

So this is a mock-up  cover for a picture book I'm submitting about The La Brea Tar Pits for a Calfornia publisher. One of the edtors was a friend of my agents, and said that they were looking for California-themed books, and I suggest La Brea, and showed them a comic strip I made a few yearss back with a similar theme.

All they wanted was a manuscript and one image, which saved me the trouble of doing a dummy.

This was my first version of a wraparound cover before I did all my homework:

But then I discovered that the La Brea mammoths were not wooly at all, but hairless imperial mammoths! So I had to depilate my mammoths (no easy task):

This also gave me an opportunity to add grass and trees and give it more of a sense of place.

The lettering was done by mixing up ink with acrylic matte medium and dribbling it to make the letterforms.

So they liked the image, and  I'm in the process of editing the manuscipt.  And soon we'll send it out and see what happens.

Also the original of the bison  (since I work in pieces), is available in my Etsy store!

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Black Cat.

Sorry I've been neglecting this blog lately. Between teaching responsibilities and several projects in flux, I just haven't had a chance to update.

So here's Peace Cat, so named because I drew it during an unintentionally intense Facebook discussion and posted it as a way to interupt the flow of craziness. Things can't get out of hand entirely too easily on the internet.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sketch Card Samples

So this is me answering the question, "can you do sketch cards?"

"Sketch cards" are, from what I understand, hand drawn cards inserted into packs of trading cards as a bonus. Each drawing is trading card size.

Since I didn't think the people who commission these things was going to look at my portfolio and say, "yep, this is the guy we're going to have draw Star Wars cards" I made these samples. This is actually the first time in my adult life I've drawn Star Wars anything, and since Star Wars dominated my childhood, it was a good time! I even had Star Wars trading cards as a kid!

Also Mars Attacks, which is what I'm more likely going to end up doing. For those unfamiliar, Mars Attacks was a series of trading cards done of the 50s that have seen a recent revival. Also, that Tim Burton movie "Mars Attacks" was based on these very same cards. Here's what they looked like back then: