Monday, December 20, 2010

Thought I would

share this painting I did from the most recent Christmas book The Forgotten Carols. Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

It's Time . . .

for a new post.

He looks like an Albert . . . no?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Shiver me Timbers! Here it be!

Wow! I honestly can not believe this day has come. This afternoon at 12:32 I sent Greenwillow Books the final piece of art for my new picture book Pirates of the Sea! I am like, tingling. I am super excited about this book!

For the last 2 months I have been painting as fast and furiously as possible, continually working late in to the night until I could not hold my eyes open any longer (I thought about trying the toothpick thing, but that's a little risky). And then today came.  I'm done. Whoa. Crazy!

This is my second picture book I've both authored and illustrated. So, it's all on me baby. No blaming some other stinky writer if it crashes and burns. But it won't (I hope).  How can it? What better recipe is there out there than a picture book about Pirates?  

It releases the first part of May 2011.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Still going on Pirates!

I think when this book is finally all wrapped up, I'll have had my fill of salty sea-dogs - at least for a while. :)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Row and row and row!

Since Greenwillow posted this spread on their blog I'm assuming it's ok to share here.  This is one of the spreads from Pirates of the Sea.  My pirate picture book I'm painting fast and furiously!

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Falcon Quinn Book 2

Just wanted to post the cover art for the next Falcon Quinn book.  It was a fun one to do.  It's a great read with lots of cool monsters. :)


Saturday, July 31, 2010

Pirates on the Brain

So, with the Christmas book wrapped up, I'm in full fledge pirate book mode.  My oldest son now answers many of my questions with "Argh matey!" Sometimes that is a "yes." Sometimes it's a "no." And sometimes it's an, "I don't want to answer your question or request." 

We've all got pirates on the brain.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

A Picture Book Summer

I must say this is a summer I will never forget.  Two days ago I sent in 15 paintings (done in 6 weeks) for a picture book written by Michael McClean, I have another picture book due in 8 weeks, last week returned from a wonderful experience at the world renown Mazza Museum for picture book art, Just got a manuscript for a picture book about a snowman, and last, and the most important off all, have begun filling our family book of pictures with those of our newborn son.  No, two wasn't enough, we needed 3.  He is being buttered-up by his older brothers so that in the future they can show him the proof that once, a long while back, they were all nice to each other. We are so blessed to have this new addition to our family.

Friday, July 02, 2010

Horrorland Covers


Here's a couple more recent covers I did for the Goosebumps Horrorland series.  Currently I'm working on 4 more.  Later!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


A while back I did a cover for Savvy by Ingrid Law.  It was a Newbery Honor book.  This is the cover art for it's companion Scumble.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Every once in a while . . .

I get a little more realistic.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Pirate Picture Book

I'm super excited to be finally gearing up to illustrate a pirate picture book that I've written.  It won't be out until next year , but here is a drawing I did a while back in anticipation of the book.  Not sure if there will be a character like this or not, but we'll see!


Thursday, June 03, 2010

more from the sketch file. . .

Not really sure how this one came about.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Remember when . . .

tying your shoes was a giant accomplishment? Yeah, I can't either. :)  This is a sketch I did while waiting patiently for a very large file to upload to Simon and Shuster's ftp site.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Sometimes when I am

sitting at my desk and just can't come up with any ideas, I feel like this . . . :)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Who's Up Fo A Party?

Tomorrow is the long awaited Fablehaven Book 5 release Party.  Shadow Mountain and Brandon Mull are have quite a show planned.  So if you're anywhere near Cottonwood High School in Murry Utah, come on down, or up, or over. There's no admission. It'll be in the auditorium at 6:30 tomorrow ( the 23rd ).  Promise you won't be disappointed.

See you there!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Monday, March 08, 2010

Friday, February 26, 2010

13th Reality Cover

Here's a cover I just got done working on for Jame's Dahner's The 13th Reality. Cool? It was fun to do :) It was a bit of a rush ( when I say a rush, think, 2 days ) because I did a completely different cover over a much more reasonable schedule, but as fate would have it the 1st cover went all the way to the top and was thrown out -- well maybe "thrown out" is to harsh because I think the plan is to use it inside, but it was decided that we needed a different direction.  I'm grateful to the Shadow Mountain team that they asked me to the second cover. Often if the 1st get's the axe, the publishers will throw the baby out with the bathwater and hire a different illustrator.  So, thanks for the second chance Shadow Mountain.

Later :)  

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


I've had a few emails and questions about how I paint.  I do all my work now in Photoshop along with a lot of sketches. One of these days I'll do a tutorial, if there is any interest out there? . . . one of these days. :)

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Another sketch

Nothing in particular.  Just another sketch. :)

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Concept sketch

I was trying to come up with a little character for a story I have bounding around in my head.  This is what came out.  :)