Sunday, October 18, 2009

Happy Birthday Sis!

Hope everyone is having a nice weekend. I have been enjoying the crisp, fall weather, especially knowing that this weekend it's going to creep back up into the 80s here in Myrtle Beach.
Quick update on my work. I finished chapter 14 and started on the next. Chapter 15 contains one of the four major action scenes in the book. It's probably the scene I would most enjoy seeing in a Lucy Clayfoot movie.
I have passed the 50,000 word mark, and I believe my book will top out somewhere near 65,000 or so, which is actually longer than most publishers prefer for mid-grade chapter books. I don't feel like there's a lot of empty filler, and each chapter leads logically into the next, so if I do need to pare the book down a few thousand words I'm not sure where those words will be cut from. I'm happy with the story. That's all I can really say on the matter. I love Lucy and I hope the readers will too.
I took a few days to build a website for my friend Mara Purnhagen, who is a fantastic author, and a good friend. Her first book, Tagged, will be available in book stores,, and other locations on March 2010. After that she has a three book series that will be published over the course of one year; fall 2010 to fall 2011. I've read the first book in the series and loved it. There are still a few things I need to add to her site, such as the cover art for Tagged, but I should get it from the publisher in the next couple of days and I'll finish my work for her. In the meantime you can go to her site by clicking here.

Today is my sister Suzanne's birthday. I've mentioned her here on my blog before, but since it's her birthday I see no harm in promoting her work again.
She has been a great motivational force as I've worked on my book - Suzanne gets very excited when people talk about fulfilling their dreams. No one can say she hasn't done a great job fulfilling her own, and so far she's lead a spectacular life, often visiting the far reaches of the globe. Happy Birthday Suzanne! I'm very proud of you!

Below are some pics from her recent (July) trip to Mongolia where she lived with reindeer herders for a month.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Completed Quarantine Painting

I'll probably make some changes later, but this is the completed painting I have been working on for chapter four. Lots more detail, obviously. Tomorrow it's back to writing.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Above is a new painting for chapter four of Lucy Clayfoot. There's more work to do on it, as it will be part of Lucy's "notebook" like the Ramble image, so I'll add text and neat little details about the animals shown here, not sure I'll post it when it's finished.
This scene takes place in the Quarantine Lab, where new animals are inspected and treated for diseases before entering the general populous of the zoo. The thing in the water tank is a baby Kraken. You probably saw the adult version in Pirates of the Caribbean.
I'm writing chapter six this week, I hope to have it finished by Thursday, then on to chapter seven.
Speaking of animals in labs, my sheltie Casey hurt his leg this week. Got X-rays done today and his bones aren't broken, so it may be a combination of arthritis and a bad sprain. Poor little guy is having a hard time. Reminds me too much of when Aslan got sick last year.
My sister is in Mongolia, she was living with nomadic reindeer herders all month, but now she's heading on to the capital of Ulan Bator. CNN reported extensive flooding there, but hopefully she'll be okay.
Too much to worry about. Missing too many people I love.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

New Lucy Clayfoot Painting

I wrapped up another Lucy painting today. Did I mention that I love my job? Well, I do.
I won't be posting any more Lucy paintings after this, as I need to keep them under wraps until the book comes out. I wish I could share everything with you guys, but I can't. I will also be doing some little illustrations which I may share from time to time. And ofcourse, I will be emailing a small handful of you, my most trusted supporters, the larger paintings as I finish them. I just can't post anything else to the internet, for obvious reasons. Rest assured, I am doing one full painting a week, along with one written chapter of the book as well.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Book Love

I have a book fetish. I'm a bibliophile. But not just ANY book will do it for me. While I do love autographed, first-edition classics, it's the one-of-a-kind hand-made books that really make me salivate.
I've also noticed that some artists are doing amazing re-covers on the classics, and when I win the lottery you can expect to find some of the editions above on my shelves.
When I started writing my childrens book, Lucy Clayfoot, I wanted to keep an illustrated notebook of ideas, both written and visual, to refer to as I progressed with the writing. I was inspired by authors like Rowling, Dahl, and Lewis Carroll (See a fascimile copy of his original Alice In Wonderland below).

So I bought a journal (In hindsight, I should have constructed it myself) and I continue to use it as a companion book for my ideas as I write Lucy Clayfoot on my computer. It's one of my prized possessions and there are very few people that have seen it before.

On the inside cover are three motivational quotes that spoke to me for various reasons...
"Wrap your dream in a blue cloud cloth away from the too-rough fingers of the world" ~ Langston Hughes.
"There's nothing more painful than a dream unrealized" ~ Stephen King's mother.
"Don't wait for your ship to come in, swim out to it" ~ Steve Alten

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Animation Character Scales

I've always loved animation character scales ~ drawings that show the primary cast of an animated film side by side for size-comparison purposes. A scale is helpful to the animators when they draw the characters interacting.
I've drawn character scales for all of my major projects except for Puddle Jumpers, but I'll be working on that one soon.


Below are other examples of character scales created by Disney, Pixar and Blue Sky, respectively.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Avengers pages

I'm posting a couple pages from an Avengers submission I drew awhile back. I think part of this is on my website, but not all of it. I wanted to do something different and show a team of superheroes hanging out, having breakfast at their HQ instead of in the middle of a city-demolishing battle. During the meal, the Mrs. Butterworth syrup bottle is possessed by the astral image (comic geek lingo) of Dr. Strange who has arrived to warn the team of a cosmic threat looming on the horizon. The tiny dude jumping into the next to last panel to confront the syrupy magician is the diminutive Ant Man.

I know, I'm a strange guy. :)