Monday, April 21, 2014

Highlights Pewter Plate Award

Earlier this month I received a package that I wasn't expecting.  Inside was a letter from Highlights magazine and an award for illustrator of the month for the April issue!   There is so much great artwork in each issue that I was both honored and surprised to have gotten the award.  The artwork was for the poem, "For Rent: One Moon Snail Shell".  So pick up the April issue and check it out!
Here's my scan of the artwork.
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 The original, printed form, and Pewter Plate.
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Artful Orchestra

A few months back I was asked to paint a violin to help raise money for Gateway Preparatory Academy.  It was fun to do something a little different, and painting on an object adds a fun twist.  You can go here to look at all the instruments and to bid.  The artwork is very impressive and I'm flattered to have mine alongside some other great artist!

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ballpark Mysteries

I was looking back over my old posts and I realized it's time for some updates on the Ballpark Mysteries series by Random House.  David Kelly has done a great job on these books and they just keep getting better and better.  For more information on the series check out the blog here.
'The Astro Outlaw' - Houston, we have a problem! Before a game at the Astros' ballpark, Mike and Kate get to meet astronaut commander Nick Rice at the nearby Houston Space Center. He's planning to display a very rare moonrock at an autographing event later. But just before the event, a nefarious outlaw knocks out the commander and steals the moonrock! Can Mike and Kate figure out who did it . . . when their only clue is a broken green feather?
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'The L.A. Dodger' - It's spring break and Kate and Mike are off to Los Angeles to visit Kate's dad, a scout for the Dodgers. But all is not sunny in L.A.—strange things have been happening to Kate's dad. Pages have gone missing from his clipboard. He's gotten threatening phone calls. And he thinks he's being followed! Is someone after Mr. Hopkins's top secret scouting reports?
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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Stories To Make You Dream

I had the opportunity to illustrate the book 'Stories To Make You Dream' by John Roozen.  The book has seven different stories all of which John told as bedtime stories.  There's a lot of fun, adventure, and excitement to be had in this book.  You can get a printed or digital version here.

Here is the painting I did for the cover, it has a combination of different elements from the stories.
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A couple of the interiors:
Dawn, the Flying Girl
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An Adventurous Bug

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Hot Rod

Here's something a little different that I have been slowly working on for the last year or so.  The body is a 1927 Model t, 1929 model a frame and front axle, 302 ford motor mounted to c4 transmission, 9" rear end out of an early bronco, and various other parts from a handful of other cars.  The hardest part is trying to find the time to work on it.  It's getting close though and with time permitting I hope to have it drivable by next summer.
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Interview

I had the great opportunity to answer a few question and have my artwork featured on Kathy Temean's website.  You can read the interview here.   While you are there her site has a lot to offer for both writers and illustrators.  It is just overflowing with information and  is definitely worth taking the time to look around. 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Postcards

Here is my latest promo going out now!
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