Here's a plug for my latest book I did with Jack Prelutsky. It officially was released in bookstores today (though I think it has been out in some for a week or so).
My illustrations aside, this truly is a great book. Jack's poems are fantastic. Much of his greatest poetry can be found here. One of my favorites is The Frummick and the Frelly.
One thing that most don't know; while Jack and I were doing a joint presentation in Seattle last year, I got up and drew a picture based on what the children there described. While I was up scribbling away, Jack sat back and wrote a short poem about the weird looking creature. You can find The Zubble on page 92.
Though a fan of most sports, I would have to say football season is my favorite. And living near Seattle for most of my life, I proudly proclaim my allegiance to the Seahawks. I consider myself one of the many "12th men", even if most of my contribution comes from my own TV room.
First preseason game is coming up in about a week!
It's been a while since I last posted, and as many notice, I'm really not very consistent with my posts or comments. But this last month I have a valid excuse. For the last 5 weeks I've been literally consumed by one book. BE GLAD YOUR NOSE IS ON YOUR FACE. It's about a 200 page book with 113 poems by the poet laureate Jack Prelutsky. Yes, the very same who authored, THE WIZARD. In this wonderful compilation, I illustrated all 113 poems; some with simple spot art and others with full spread paintings. Even though the time frame was wild and crazy, this was an awesome book to work on. I think the release date is set for this October. It also comes with a CD of Jack reading some of the poems along with games and activities inside.
As soon as I can get the ok, I'll post some previews.
Last year I started working on a new series of GOOSEBUMPS books. You know, the scary kids books that get boys to read! The renowned and bestselling author R.L. Stine has come out with GOOSEBUMPS HORRORLAND. For about ten months I've had the privlege of painting 12 new covers for some of the old GOOSEBUMPS titles along with those for HORRORLAND. This morning on the Today Show, First Lady, Laura Bush hosted R.L. Stine as they talked about the series. I'd been given a tip that they might print some large posters to display in the background of my covers, but in the end they just showed a few snapshots, but heck, my artwork on national television . . .?! I'll take it! Check out the clip here.
A little something I started quite a while ago. I pulled it out to mess around with while taking a break from real work. Sometimes I have to paint on something that doesn't have any direction, and just see what comes out.