Monday, December 12, 2011

Victricia Malicia

I recently finished up a super fun pirate picture book. Carrie Clickard is the mastermind behind this tongue twisting pirate adventure, you can check out her site here. It will be published by Flashlight Press in 2012. Here is the description from their website:

Although Victricia Malicia Calamity Barrett was born on her family's pirate ship, this mild-
mannered, book-loving girl is sick of the sea:

"I loathe when my sisters speak pirate vernacular,
gag when my lunch is Spaghetti Tentacular,
want a new pet that's not scaly or spiny,
wish I could keep my books somewhere less briny!"

With her nose permanently buried in a book, Victricia is a disaster at pirating chores:
her knots slip, she falls from the rigging, and her cooking makes rats abandon ship!

When V
ic's mistakes finally cause a treasure to slide overboard, the pirates decide she must be
grounded - sent ashore until she's ready to become a better buccaneer. But a sea-serpent
appears and things don't turn out as planned. V
ictricia saves the day and is granted her wish -
to live on the little island where the pirates bury their treasure.

Far from the waves and foam, Victricia is finally able to follow her dream. She opens a
bookstore with Sea Story Hour, and L
andlubber Books becomes the pirates' favorite port in a

I figured I would start by posting a couple of the sketches and then in a few days I post up some of the finished paintings. Also be sure to check out

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Happy Halloween!

If you have a chance pick up a copy of the October issue of Spider Magazine. It was so much fun to get to do the Halloween Cover. I love when I get to draw animals!

Here's a couple looks at the details

Friday, July 15, 2011

Ballpark Mystery Poster

Roberta from Random House was nice enough to send these pictures of a poster for book #2 a little while ago. I'll post some artwork for book #3 when it comes out later this month.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


A little while ago I did a version of Goldilocks for a self publisher. I don't really know the details about when and if it will be published, but I thought I'd post a couple pages from it.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

This has been the year of baseball illustrations for me. I had this book come out a little while ago. It is published by CandyCane Press, who I also illustrated 'Counting Cows' for. It's a board book that plays the tune to 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame' when you open it. You can pick it up here.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Fish sketch

I tend to let my desktop become a mess with all kinds of random files. Eventually no more can fit and I am forced to clean it up. I was doing that tonight and came across this sketch. I think I was just practicing drawing digitally because I don't remember drawing it for any particular illustration.

Thursday, March 31, 2011


I went and saw Rango a few days ago and it reminded me of a painting I did a little over a year ago. It was for a card game for an Italian food company but it was never published. So I figured I would scan it in and post it here.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Well, it has been a few months since I posted and in that time we have moved to Utah. It's been over ten years since Kasidy and I lived where there has been snow. The process of adjusting to the cold has been slow, but it has been really great to be back around family. Now that we are all settled it's time to start getting some new posts on here.

I've been doing a lot of baseball drawing and the first two books in the Ballpark Mysteries series were just released. The third book will be released in July with a few more to follow. It has been a real pleasure working with David and Random House on these books. You can get updated information on the series at

Book #1 is 'The Fenway Foul-up'. Click here for more information and an amazon link for the book.

Book #2 is 'The Pinstripe Ghost'. Click here for more information and an amazon link for the book.