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.
hotrod1 hotrod2

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


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


Here is my latest promo going out now!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

More old stuff

Here are few more that are no longer on my website.
worms  monster lionlunch cowmoon aliens

Thursday, September 19, 2013

old stuff

Since I updated my website I figured I would post some of the stuff that is no longer on my website.  The majority of it was stuff done either in school or as promotional pieces.  I'll post a few more in a couple days.
liondonkey elliot butler gatortea Harrypotter repaired

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Highlights Parade

This one came out back in the May issue of Highlights magazine.
family on paradesmall
This isn't a very good picture but this is how it appeared in the magazine.
family parade

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Empty Trunk

I did this cover for a ebook a little while ago.  The book is 'The Empty Trunk' by Lily Hathaway.  It was a fun illustration to work on, and here is a short description of the book:

When Horace and Gregory set out for their annual trip to the circus they have no idea of the trouble that will come from winning a door prize! When a mysterious trunk arrives at their cottage, adventure soon follows as the two friends try to outfox the evil Count who has tricked them into becoming his allies during an uprising in his kingdom.

You can find the book on Smashwords or Amazon.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

More on the Studio

I’ve been out working in the new studio for a few months now and it is so wonderful.  There are still a few loose ends here and there but for the most part it is all done.  I took a few pictures in the spring when I got the interior all done and thought I’d post them up.

Here you can see the floors and the tongue and groove pattern I did around all the windows and between the front doors.

 I had enough corrugated metal from the outside left over to do the ceiling.  It was a lot nicer than trying to hang drywall over your head!

One of my favorite things I found for my studio is this old drafting desk.  It’s almost 100 years old and is from a local college.  The best part about it is that I use it almost every day and it is still fully functional.

I’m still in the process of making some furniture for the studio, but the first big one I got done was this bookcase.  It’s made out of threaded rod and pine boards stained to match the tongue and groove.  It was easy to build but installing it was really interesting.  You can also see the aluminum foil blocking out the West window, I really need to get some blinds.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Newly Updated Website

So I finally got my website updated and you can check it out here.  I'm still working a bit on the format but it is loaded with lots of new work.  I also have a new blog on my site, but I'll keep posting on both of them for a while.  Now that it is up and going I have a lot of new stuff to post.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Pie Grabber

I did a couple little illustrations for this past November's issue of Higlights magazine.  The story was about a girl who does a painting of a pie stealing creature and he comes to life.  Then eventually she paints him into a place that he will like to live in. It was a fun job.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Victricia in German!

A couple weeks ago I got the email that Victricia was going to be translated into German.  Shari at Flashlight Press sent me over these images from the latest book catalog from Lappan.

Then last week I got a couple copies of the book.  I can't read a word of it but is super exciting to see it in another language.  They also did something really neat with the cover.  Most of the cover is in a matte finish but the title, characters, and the treasure chests are all glossy.  It's a great little touch to the cover. 

Monday, February 18, 2013

The Studio

I'm finally getting around to cleaning the cobwebs off of this blog.  It has been a crazy year but there is a good reason I haven't been updating on here.  About this time last year I decided it was time to build myself a studio, and it has taken every bit of spare time I have had.  I had to keep it fairly cheap and in order to do that I had to build it with my own hands.  The problem is that I have no construction experience at all!  I love learning how to do stuff and this project really gave me a chance to geek out.  I read everything I could find, looked at pictures, and started sketching what I wanted to do.

The design is pretty basic and it is pretty much a box with a lid.  I had never used google sketchup before but I taught myself enough to make this little model.  At this point I didn't have windows and doors but it let me know approximately how much wood I would need.  The overall size is 12' x 14', which isn't huge but plenty big for what I need.

The place I decided to put is where a haystack was for most of my childhood.  Because of that the studio is usually called 'The Haystack'.  First thing I had to do was clear out all the weeds and what was left over hay.  The worst part is that the haystack had been sat on old tires to keep it from direct contact with the ground.  I ended up digging out over 80 old tires from the ground.  Here is what it looked like before.

The next thing was the foundation.  I decided to do a pier foundation because the studio isn't that big and the piers don't use up as much cement as laying a pad would.  One problem I ran into was that because there had been a haystack there for probably 40 years or so the top layer of dirt was compacted so hard I couldn't get through it.  I tried a post hole digger and every hand tool I could find.  Finally I had to get a friend with a little excavator to dig the holes.  Here are the piers all filed up with concrete.  For somebody who hasn't done concrete before it was a super stressful 45 minutes.

A few weekends later with the help of my brother and dad we got the studio all framed.  What you can't see in the picture is I build a subfloor in the joist and insulated it before we put the plywood of the floor down.  By this time I had found some overstock windows and got the doors second hand. 

Over the next little while, again with the help of my dad, we got all the sheathing on.  On another weekend when a couple of my brothers were visiting I conned them into helping me get the doors in.  They were super heavy, but they are going to let in a lot of that northern light!!!

The next thing on the agenda was to get the windows in and the siding on.  I looked at lots of options for siding but decided to go with the corrugated steel.  I got it for scrap price because it had white stains on it.  The stains don't affect it at all and are a result of it accidentally getting wet right after it was galvanized.  I actuallyquite like the look of it that way.  When they sun hits the studio it sure is bright.  The outside is pretty much all finished.  I still have to put the metal on the underside of the eves, but that will have to wait until spring because the metal is covered by a couple feet of snow at the moment. 

So now it was onto working on the interior.  One place I decided to get a bit of professional help bit was to have an electrician rough wire it and connect it to the power supply.  After that it was onto insulating and then doing the drywall.  I had enough left over metal that I decided to use in on the ceiling, which ended up being a lot easier than hanging drywall.

The floor was next and I decided on doing industrial vinyl tile.  It's a pretty straight forward process of trowel on the glue to the floor, let it set up, and then put the tile down.  A word of warning is to not make a mistake because once the tiles touch the glue they don't want to come back up.  Of course I had to make it hard on myself by doing a crazy pattern and running that pattern on an angle.  It made it harder but I'm glad I did it because I really like how it turned out.

Well that pretty much brings me up to where I am now.  All it needs is paint and to finish installing the lights and switches.  It has been really hard to find the time to work on it but I hope to have it all done within a month or so.  I also promise to post up some artwork in the next few days!