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
Thursday, July 28, 2011
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. :)
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Thursday, July 14, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
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. :)
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Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Monday, March 07, 2011
One of the many great books I'm working on presently is Snow Angels, written by Angel Randall. Though the setting is covered in snow, the book tells a warm story of two girls who help others. But the background behind this children's book is what really pulls at the heart stings. The author, Angel Randall is from Utah and near one year ago her doctors found a cancerous brain tumor. At the time, the doctors told her it was terminal and gave her 6 to 9 months to live. But last week my wife and I were blessed to meet with her and her family. In just a short time, we easily saw how angelic she really is. It is a true honor to be illustrating her picture book.
BYU Football Team - Thursday's Hero
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Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
I've had a great time working on a book series called Pals in Peril. Here is a look at the most recent of the four jackets I've illustrated. Much of what makes these books so fun to illustrate are the stories. The brilliant author Tobin Anderson, packs so much action, humor and all-out craziness in these books there is never a shortage of cover ideas. The only challenge is choosing which amazing scene to use. :) This is one of the most recent jackets we finished.
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