Monday, October 27, 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014



Sketch from The Man Who Gave. A BDillustration original.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Pitfall Cover



I love jacket work. :)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

There's a few new pieces up on my site. Hope you like them! :)



Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Harry Houdini

I'm working on a book about Harry Houdini. This is a sketch that we're not using; thought I'd just post it for fun.  Later :)


Friday, July 19, 2013

New Pieces on Website


Added a few new pieces to the website. This is a cropped version of one. :)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Great Walk

Here's a fun little sketch of man with a great walk. :)


Monday, June 17, 2013

Time Flies

Yesterday I was reminded by a friend that I haven't posted in, oh, forever. He was right! Time flies when your busy.

Here's a jacket illo I did for the third Janitors Book by Tyler Whitesides. :)  

Later!




Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Shadow Mountain has Game

Shadow Mountain has game (pun totally intended). The new book in Brandon Mull's Candy Shop War series comes with more than just an incredible story and sweet cover art (if I do say so myself), inside you'll find a pretty awesome game. Here's a link to explain more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLtQmqv4RAo

Also, check out the worlds biggest marshmallow fight too!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4YeTwcUHvE


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Pingo and the Playground Bully

It was a super big privilege to work with Brandon Mull and Shadow Mountain again on our new picture book, Pingo and the Playground Bully. It's been out for about a month and getting some great reviews. Check it out! http://brandonmull.com/site/pingo-books






Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Post Something

My blog told me this morning that if I didn't post something soon it would leave me. Can't have that. So the something is a portrait from a photo. I do a lot of stylized work, that is was really relaxing having all the info that I wanted right there in front of me to pick and choose from. Enjoy. :)


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Pirates Are Honored

One of the wonderful art directors I work with sent me a note and this link a week ago. It looks like Pirates of the Sea! was given an honor award by Minnesota State University Moorhead. Mega or modest, it's always a great feeling to see your work appreciated. Thanks to those who took a chance on Cap'n Bones and his swashbuckling pirate crew!



Thursday, April 26, 2012

Interiors

Every so often I get a chance to do book interior illustrations. I love doing them. True, from a money standpoint they are not all that profitable, but there is something about a B&W small spot piece of artwork that is so enjoyable. Today, I'm working away on 6 interiors for the new Janitors book by Tyler Whitesides, but I've attached some here that I recently did for The Land of Stories. Hope you like them!

Later!









Wednesday, March 14, 2012

New Images

Not long ago I redesigned my website so I could use Wordpress. Now I can upload and change things much easier than before!  I've got a few new ones up today. Here is one.

Later!


Wednesday, February 29, 2012

School Visit

Just thought I would give a shout out to Canyon Vista Elementary, and say "thanks for having me!"  Two weeks ago, while on a trip to sunny southern California, I was privileged to do an assembly here. The students were great. They had insightful questions and welcomed me with lots of smiles. We talked about what they like to draw and how to use your imagination. It's alway a blast to visit young students and feed off their enthusiasm. I love doing these visits. I just need to figure out how to incorporate my ukulele playing somehow. :)




Thursday, February 23, 2012

Why is "gross" so fun?

Why is creating weird and gross characters so fun? I've often commented that the my least favorite thing to paint is teen girls ( though, I love creating images so much, I still like painting them ) because everything on them has to be so perfect. I mean, if a teen girl's nose is a little off it shouts ERROR!! But, on a gross-monster-zombie-weird-guy, if the nose is out-of-wack it is the coolest thing!  And in 20 minutes you can create something like this. Gross is fun, it's just plain and simple. :)

Thursday, February 09, 2012

The Land of Stories

Thought I would post a cover that I recently did for a new series. It's called The Land of Stories, by Chris Colfer.  He is the actor in the popular show Glee. Unfortunately I've not seen the show( sorry Chris! ), but I've loved working on the artwork for this book.  Aside from the cover, I've done 25 interior black and white illos and am currently working on a super cool fold out map. The story introduces a great new twist on all of our favorite characters from storybook tales like Cinderella and Snow White.

Hope you like it!

Later!

Friday, February 03, 2012

Finding a Character

Over the last few months (in between work) I've been searching for a character that I could create a series of stories around. And I think I've finally found one . . . He is not any particular animal, but just a fun fuzzy, uh. . . creature.  His name is still up in the air, but these are a couple I'm toying with:

Hal-o. (That's Hal with an o added to the end.)
Bazooki. (I heard this on the radio and thought it was fun to say.)
Wynn (It sounds a little British to me, but hey maybe he's European)
Cory (A little too ordinary . . . but it could still work.)

If you have any ideas, let me know what you think!

Later!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Takin' a breather

I took a few minutes this morning to paint something out of my norm. I really think it's valuable to take a breather from deadlines and just enjoy making an image. That's why we're illustrators, right? We love making good images.  Below is a quick painting from a photo I had sitting on my desktop. When painting from a photo like this, I try and find a way to enhance what is working well in the original image . . . while painting this, it was really relaxing. I felt kinda like I was getting a message. Though, I've never had a massage, but I can imagine what it's like: painting a small farm church at dusk. . . ?  :)


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Website Update 2012

Hey hey . . . I have a website update to share. And a few new illos up on there as well. Hope you like what's up. :)


Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Axel the Truck

I was venting to my 6 year old son about how each day goes by so fast and before I know it, it's been a month or more since I posted last.  "Yeah Dad, I know, theses days are just like cheetahs!"

One of the projects that has caused these "cheetah days," is a new "I can read" series by Greenwillow Books called Axel the Truck.  The first two books are done . . . all 45 illustrations. I had a great time working on them. The only twist here, is that they are digital only.  The download is available for the ipad on itunes and for the Nook on Barnes & Noble.  And what's even more cool, is the second book is FREE for a limited time! Check it out. :)


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Quick Sketch

Here's a quick sketch  . . . since I just noticed it's been over a month with no posts. :)

Later!


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Horrorland Covers

Just thought I would post up a few Horrorland covers I did within the last year. I really enjoy working on all the Goosebumps covers.  I hope you like the artwork. In truth, the concepts for these are very specifically directed by Scholastic.  The team there is great to work with. :)







Thursday, July 14, 2011

Greenwillow Books and I . . .

have been in search of a special character to develop some books around.  This was one of the sketches I did.  We've decided against a using a little dog character though.

Later!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Janitors

Here's a cover I did a few months ago for a new series by Tyler Whitesides, called Janitors.  Really fun story. Check out the trailer at the bottom. 



video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vB1VQJ2W6Yg

Friday, June 10, 2011

From Pirates to Prettiness

I know this is quite the jump; from pirates to a pretty portrait . . . but I like to mix things up a bit every so often. :)







Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Avast Me Maties! Today Be Da Day!


Today be da day that Cap'n Bones and his briny crew set sail!  My brand-new picture book Pirates of the Sea! hits stores today!

My goal was create a pirate book that was traditionally based, but showed as much as possible about what pirates encounter while at sea.  Honestly, I was caught off guard at how long the process can be trying to write a picture book in rhyme and using pirate talk. None the less, this book was a blast to create.

Just a few faqs:
- The writing process for Pirate's of the Sea! took about 6 months.
- Illustrating the whole book took about 4 months.
- For most of the writing and illustrating process the title was A Pirate's Life for Me! Until we decided we didn't want to tempt the sue-happy Disney Corp. 
- I think there are 23 different pirate names included.
- Originally the manuscript was about a pirate captain named Jack Batbone, who got a message from his crew that his days were numbered. Captain Jack took it as a mutiny letter and was prepared to walk the plank. Come to find out, it's birthday party for their Captain not a mutiny. This idea was liked, and I thought it was really fun, but with a little research we found that "birthday" books haven't sold that well historically. So, we still liked the pirate theme, but it was back to the drawing board.

My hope is that all those who open this book's pages can't help but crack a smile at least once.  I personally think the best way to share this story is out loud and in the best swashbucklin' pirate voice ye can muster. :)






Thursday, April 21, 2011

Progress on Snow Angels

Here's a look at some progress with Snow Angels by Angel Randall. :)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

While waiting





While waiting for a file to upload and save, this sketch was born. Nothing special, but if and when I have a few minutes I try to stay away from craiglist and seahawks.com and be productive. . .