Thursday, November 29, 2007

Looky-Loo Moster

Due to popular request, here is a little something I did for fun. Later!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Good Morning

I play basketball every Monday and Wednesday at about 6am. This was what I came home to


Saturday, September 22, 2007

Something a little different

Here is something a little different than most of my work. I really enjoy portraits even though I don't do many. This still has a touch of stylization, but that just seems to be my thing.


Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Quite a while ago I had sketched out this little scene in Photoshop. I found the file and painted it recently. Since I've shown it around, I've been ask many times "so, what's the story behind this?" In truth there really is no story. But as I look at how I make images, I see that many of my illustrations do hold untold stories. I have always loved the book THE MYSTERIES OF HARRIS BURDICK for this reason. In his book, Chris Van Allsburg gives us just enough to wet our visual taste buds and then leaves the rest to our imagination. The wonderful thing is, stories have no limits.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Sunday, July 15, 2007

New York Times Best Seller

Ok, I couldn't hold out. THE WIZARD HAS HIT THE NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER LIST! Even better yet, it's #1 on the list this week.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Radio Flyer

Just messing around in Photoshop.

Friday, June 29, 2007

The Tiger's Egg

I thought I would post the cover of THE TIGER'S EGG. I did this cover as a sequal to THE PALACE OF LAUGHTER. It's a great story by Jon Berkeley.


Monday, June 25, 2007

No Squish It!

A couple of evenings ago I was doodling away on this small illustration. The next morning my son (who turns two next week) came in and took one look at what I had come up with and said " Dad! Dad! No squish it Dad! No squish it!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Another Sketch

Just another sketch!


A little sketch here

Along with my illustration work I have a pirate story that is on-going. Here is a little concept sketch of one of the characters.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Fablehaven Book 2

This post is the cover art I did for Fablehaven book 2. It was a fun book to work on. Brandon Mull is the author. He does such a great job it's always a challenge to make the artwork equal the storytelling inside. Check out the website at


Wednesday, April 18, 2007


It's finally coming! The Wizard, by Jack Prelutsky is my first full 32 page picture book.

I'm super excited to see it in bookstores. It releases on July 3rd. Which coincidentally happens to be my son's birthday. he will be two.

The Wizard is an in-verse poem about a wizard who lives in a very tall tower at the end of an everyday neighborhood street. He spies a bullfrog by his door and magically plays with it. First the frog becomes a flea, and then a pair of mice, and then . . . , and then . . . , and then . . . Finally, the wizard gazes out his high window down on the children playing in the street trying to decide "which hex he'll conjure next."

This was a great book to work on. It is published by Greenwillow Books. I would like to say thinks to Paul, who I worked with there for making the whole process so enjoyable. I'd also like to publicly thank Scott Franson, Dan Burr, Wade Huntsman and Leon Parson for their tremendous kindness and direction.

Lastly, without a doubt, my wife has been the biggest support. I am so gratefully for her. Thank you Em.

To everyone else, enjoy the book!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Messing Around

I seem to never be absolutely pleased with the Photoshop brushes that I use. Here is a quicky that came out while messing around with new brushes.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007


Just thought I would post some sketches since I haven't posted in a while.


Saturday, March 10, 2007

Pirates are cool

Pirates are just plain fun to paint. I was shooting purposefully for a cool pallet with this guy. It was done 100% in Photoshop. Not for anything in particular.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

A Pug

A few months ago I was hired to do some cover art for a story with a pug in it. I did the sketch and sent it in. I was excited to paint a pug just because I think they are so weird looking. But, then they changed the dog in the story to a wiener dog and I never got the chance to paint the pug. So . . . I decided to see try out a new brush I made in Photoshop and couldn't help but paint this guy and his pearly whites.

Monday, February 12, 2007


This is a cover I did for Harpercollins a early last year. It's actually the second book in a sereis by N.E. Bode.

It was a fun job. I really enjoy working with the people there at Harper.


Wednesday, February 07, 2007


Here is a quick study. Most of my work is quite saturated with color, but on this I tried to stay more neutral.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

The Big House

A few months ago I did this cover for The Big House, a young reader's novel. It was a fun assignment. Below is my sketch I initially sent in.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Brandon Dorman Award

This week's award goes to Trevor Brown. This piece, more than the others has a "finished" quality. Though done in the computer, it is consistent.


Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Some Sketches

Just a page from my sketchbook. I felt Like it has been a while since I've posted anything.

Also, This last Saturday, I had the wonderful opportunity to have lunch with Virgina Duncan and Steve Geck from Greenwillow Books. They were up in Seattle for the ALA conference and invited my wife, son and I to come and meet with them. It was really a treat. I have been working with them on my first 32 page picture book called The Wizard, written by Jack Prelutsky. It will be coming out this fall.


Monday, January 22, 2007

Scott E Franson's Digital Illustration Class

This week in Scott E Franson's Digital Illustration class I have choosen David Theriault's "80's" illustraiton to receive the Brandon Dorman Award. Here it is below.