Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
I'm excited to announce that a book I worked on earlier this year has just come out! Camp Secret, by Kathryn Dennis and Melissa Mahle (who, by the way, no big deal, is a former CIA intelligence agent), is a middle grade novel that follows four kids as they discover that their summer camp is really a training ground for junior spies. It's a really fun read, and you can read the first chapter here, or learn more about the book and the authors at their website.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Monday, October 07, 2013
Friday, October 04, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Let me just say that I started out intending to draw a perfectly nice Arctic fox with starry sky scene, and then somewhere along the way a ptarmigan bit the dust. But you know, foxes have to eat too. Even adorable Arctic foxes.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Monday, July 29, 2013
Monday, July 22, 2013
Here's a thumbnail template for a standard 32 page picture book with separate, solid color endpapers.
For the 40 page template with illustrated endpapers, see here: http://artghost.blogspot.com/2013/07/40-page-self-ended-picture-book.html
And, for more information about picture book layouts, I recommend this post by Tara Lazar: http://taralazar.com/2009/02/22/picture-book-construction-know-your-layout/
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
The title pretty much says it all, but here's a little blank template for thumbnailing a 40 page self ended picture book. A 40 page self ended book has page 1 and 40 glued down to the boards on the front and back of the book, and pages 2 - 3 and 38 - 39 are illustrated endpapers. Anyhow, doing thumbnail sketches can be a very handy way to plan out a picture book dummy.
Friday, June 28, 2013
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Here's a continuation of my faux book cover project with hand lettered type.
So, apparently the whole "May you live in interesting times" Chinese curse is actually probably not really Chinese. I can still see this as a book title though.
This started out as a hot press watercolor paper test and then I thought I might as well do something with all that empty space. The dragon and the lettering is digital.
And here it is without the lettering:
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
I've been really into drawing books lately. I guess I figure a book always makes a scene more interesting. Because, you know, books!
And if you don't like books, well, who doesn't love a Regency-era lady?