Sunday, October 22, 2006

Illustration Friday - Ghost

My kids thought my illustration friday submission was just too creepy. So in lieu of therapy bills for my children, I've decided to replaced my first submission with a kinder, gentler ghost. If you want to see the original post just click here...

Scary ghost

Happy All Hallow's Eve!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Orange and Black

Here is my first attempt at a piece for the orange and black contest that Penelope Dullaghan is hosting. You can check out the other entries

I liked the idea of the spider knitting a sweater but the composition was kind of lame - I didn't think it out very well. Besides I need to work on my paintly style some more. So instead of re-doing the first piece I decided to go in a different direction. Here is attempt number two - it kind of morphed into a book cover (this is the one I submitted by the way) Happy Halloween!...

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Illustration Friday - Smitten

Darlene was the first to notice the tall handsome foreigner. He never spoke to anyone. Darlene assumed that it was because he was from tropical island and didn't speak English. The drakes all thought the guy was a phony but, never the less, the ladies all flocked to him.

This piece is dedicated to the Union Products company. Union Products is the original manufacturer of the pink plastic flamingo. Sadly they are closing their doors for good on November 1st of this year.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Why hasn't this book won an award?

I just received a very nice email from Mrs. Major's 1st grade class asking me what my favorite children's book is. Hmmm, I never had to pick just one before. But I thought back to what I liked as a kid and which books my kids like. And one of our favorites is "The Monster and the End of This Book" by Jon Stone. This is the Sesame Street, Little Golden Book where Grover is afraid to turn the pages.

I just checked if it was still available on Amazon. I was surprised at what I found. This book has been in print for 35 years and has an Amazon sales rank as of this morning of 7,821. There are 106 reader reviews all of which are 5 stars. So it's not just me that loves this book!

In my humble opinion, I think it "The Monster at the End of This Book" should be award some sort of life-time achievement award. It's one of the least recognized books in children's literature. Heck, how many TV show tie-in books have stayed in print for 35 years! And it makes me wonder, what makes a children's book successful?

Thursday, October 05, 2006

The Creepy Old Days

My friend Jim seems a bit bummed that I don't do many weird, creepy drawings any more. The main reason for this is that my kids are terrified to even walk down the Halloween aisle at Walmart - hard to believe we're related sometimes! But I was going through some old paper and found this pen and ink piece that I did in college. It was for a drunk driving contest (The text said "Take a Cold Hard Look at Drinking"). Alas, I didn't win the contest, but I thought I'd share it, it's the right time of year for skull and skeletons.