Friday, May 30, 2008

"Mountain Slide" Animation with Flip Boom

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This is an animation that my nine-year-old son made tonight with a new program that ToonBoom Studios is now offering for kids, called Flip Boom. Check it out!

Rare Uncontacted Tribe Photographed


Members of one of the world's last uncontacted tribes have been photographed, with striking images released on Thursday.

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Retro Spidey


Just wanted to draw something for the blog & this is what came out.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Comic Book


Here's one of the final covers for an upcoming project. Pen & ink, colored in Photoshop.

Curse of the SKULL Bottlecap



Apparently, there is an underground secret society of pirates who have bestowed a limited amount of bottlecaps to honorees of their band of buckos.

I happened to receive this skull bottlecap in the mail this afternoon along with strict instructions to follow.

I'm not sure what I have done to deserve such an honor.....I'm just not sure how I got brought into this secretive society.

Anyhow, I'm hoping showing the bottlecap on our blog isn't somehow violating one of their rules.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Smallest bee in the world.


In a drawing for my upcoming book, I unexpectedly drew the worlds smallest bee.  It measures really tiny by really really tiny. I am more proud of this bee than i should, um, ...Be.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Failure

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Splash!



I took the digital plunge yesterday and bought a Wacom Cintiq.
I got the Cintiq 20WSX model.
I couldn't wait to get it home, unbox it, hook it up and test it out.
I had a little issue hooking it up because I lost the adapter that came with my iMac (doh!) and then I found out my iMac didn't have the capability to support a dual monitor setup. I downloaded a patch and everything is in tip-top shape.

So I drew the drawing above on my Cintiq tonight.

Special thanks to Tom Richmond and Darrin Bell. for their advice on buying a Cintiq.

If there's enough interest, I may post a video or two of me drawing on the Cintiq and a review once I break it in.

For the record, I'm not saying I'm completely moving over to working digitally, I still love sitting at my drawing table with my paints, a fresh sheet of watercolor paper and a big ol' jar of water. I see the Cintiq as being another tool for me to draw with...I have several coffee mugs filled with brushes, pencils, pens, etc. and now I have a Cintiq sitting among them.

Monday, May 19, 2008

BEST SELLING PICTURE BOOKS

CHILDREN'S BEST SELLERS: PICTURE BOOKS: Sunday, April 6th 2008

(Please note that we have a total of four exclamat!on po!nts included in the titles of three of these best sellers! Something to consider when you submit your next p!cture book.)

GALLOP!, written and illustrated by Rufus Butler Seder. (Workman, $12.95.) Animals seem to move when you flip the page. (Ages 4 to 8)

DIRT ON MY SHIRT, by Jeff Foxworthy. Illustrated by Steve Bjorkman. (HarperCollins, $16.99.) Poems of childhood by the comedian and TV host. (Ages 4 to 7)

DON'T BUMP THE GLUMP!, written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. (HarperCollins, $17.99.) His first collection of nonsense verse, originally published in 1964. (Ages 5 and up)

GRACE FOR PRESIDENT, written by Kelly Di Pucchio. Illustrated by LeUyen Pham. (Hyperion, $15.99.) A girl decides to run in her school's mock election. (Ages 5 to 9)

SMASH! CRASH!, BY JON SCIESZKA. ILLUSTRATED BY DAVID SHANNON, Loren Long and David Gordon. (Simon & Schuster, $16.99.) A truck named Jack and a dump truck named Dan love to smash into things. (Ages 3 to 7)

THE JELLYBEANS AND THE BIG DANCE, written by Laura Numeroff and Nate Evans. Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. (Abrams, $15.95.) Cat friends work together to prepare for a recital. (Ages 4 to 8)

KNUFFLE BUNNY TOO, written and illustrated by Mo Willems. (Hyperion, $16.99.) One of Trixie's classmates has a bunny just like hers. (Ages 4 to 8)

ZEN TIES, written and illustrated by Jon J. Muth. (Scholastic, $17.99.) A panda encourages his nephew and their friends to help a grouchy neighbor. (Ages 4 to 8)

STAR WARS POP-UP GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, by Matthew Reinhart. (Orchard, $32.99.) A pop-up look at Luke, Leia, Lord Vader et al. (Ages 7 and up)

LADYBUG GIRL, by Jacky Davis and David Soman. Illustrated by David Soman. (Dial, $16.99.) Creativity and the right outfit let a little girl feel bigger. (Ages 4 and up)

...Jeff Foxworthy?

Huckabee Willing to be Vice President


Former GOP frontrunner Mike Huckabee announced he is willing to run with McCain as his vice presidential candidate. It appears to be the first time the evangelical candidate has shown a weakness for any kind of vice other than rock 'n' roll music.

Obama: Lay off my wife


The Tennessee GOP stooped to dirty politics by posting a video on YouTube, questioning Michelle Obama's patriotism. Says Barack, "Lay off my wife."
Ya gotta defend your lady.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

June



The lovely month of June is almost upon us. It only comes once a year, so to commemorate the event, here's a calendar page. Go on, print it out and color it, you know you want to!

Drawer Geeks


One of my favorite sites to visit is Drawer Geeks. Each week a diverse group of talented illustrators give their take on a selected subject. Some of the work is amazing. This weeks subject is Dinosaurs, which prompted a good turnout. Their work always makes me want to sit down and have a go at it myself.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Dr. Seuss Ford Commercials



Hat tip to Charles Brubaker

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Art Lessons by Norman Rockwell


My wife managed to find a great Norman Rockwell book for me at the latest homeschool swap. It's called Rockwell on Rockwell, How I Make a Picture. It's a compilation of lessons that Rockwell did in the fifties or sixties for the Famous Artist School. (You know the one... "draw this mouse or pirate"... and yeah, they're still around but I'm not sure why.) Imagine having a book on how to draw or paint by someone who can actually draw and paint... better than practically anyone. It's an awesome book. Will it help? That's another issue entirely. But if you can find a copy, it's definitely worth your trouble.

Charles Dickens on International Copyright Law

"It was well observed the other night by a beautiful speaker, whose words went to the heart of every man who heard him, that, if there had existed any law in this respect, [Sir Walter] Scott might not have sunk beneath the mighty pressure on his brain, but might have lived to add new creatures of his fancy to the crowd which swarm about you in your summer walks, and gather round your winter evening hearths.

"As I listened to his words, there came back, fresh upon me, that touching scene in the great man’s life, when he lay upon his couch, surrounded by his family, and listened, for the last time, to the rippling of the river he had so well loved, over its stony bed. I pictured him to myself, faint, wan, dying, crushed both in mind and body by his honourable struggle, and hovering round him the phantoms of his own imagination - Waverley, Ravenswood, Jeanie Deans, Rob Roy, Caleb Balderstone, Dominie Sampson - all the familiar throng - with cavaliers, and Puritans, and Highland chiefs innumerable overflowing the chamber, and fading away in the dim distance beyond. I pictured them, fresh from traversing the world, and hanging down their heads in shame and sorrow, that, from all those lands into which they had carried gladness, instruction, and delight for millions, they brought him not one friendly hand to help to raise him from that sad, sad bed. No, nor brought him from that land in which his own language was spoken, and in every house and hut of which his own books were read in his own tongue, one grateful dollar-piece to buy a garland for his grave. Oh! if every man who goes from here, as many do, to look upon that tomb in Dryburgh Abbey, would but remember this, and bring the recollection home!"

Charles Dickens, February 7, 1842, excerpt from a speech delivered on his twenty-ninth birthday, during his first visit to the United States, to discuss international copyright. The United States had refused to enter into a reciprocal agreement on copyright with England. Publishers in this country were freely issuing Dickens's novels without paying royalties to him or his British publishers. It was another fifty years before the U.S. passed a comprehensive copyright law.

One might today replace Sir Walter Scott with Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster, who died in poverty.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Cartoon Postage Stamps


A couple hundred cartoon postage stamps from around the world.

Stay Tooned


John Read was nice enough to send me a copy of the premiere issue of Stay Tooned magazine. It is in the tradition of Jud's Cartoonist Profiles, but has a district voice and look of its own. John is able to get some great interviews out of the cartoonists, and the lead interview with Marcus Hamilton (Dennis the Menace) is a gem. Also in this issue:


John (Snuffy Smith) Rose

Greg (The Buckets) Cravens

Scott (Prickly City) Stantis

Steve (The Times-Picayune) Kelley

Marshall (The Clarion-Ledger) Ramsey

Steven (Sonic X) Butler

John (The Toon Factory) Deaton

Rob (Funny Pages Productions) Corley


With columns by:
Tom (MAD Magazine) Richmond

Norm (Retail) Feuti


I think John will make this a worthwhile and indispensable magazine for cartoonists.

Monday, May 12, 2008

I hate mosquitoes.


Right now I have all my windows open. In about three months the monsoons come to the desert and it's more of a mosquito fest than most people realize over here. One year I think AZ had the highest number of "West Nile" outbreaks.

This was done with watercolor on imperial strathmore 500 hot press. the size is about 15" tall by 21" wide. -W.

BTW, I'm having a heck of a time uploading in safari 3 on tiger. Firefox seems to work just fine.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

James Garner - Spirit


James Garner would have made a great Spirit.


I used to have a '74 Firebird like he drove on The Rockford Files. It was a beautiful, scary car. It would scratch rubber if I punched it going 60. 455 horses. *sigh* If you happen to see it, let me know. It was an Esprit.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Recession


This is an older cartoon, but seems appropriate once again.

Jump!


Early Garfield Original Comic Strip


For only $4,499.00, you can be the proud owner of this very early Garfield original!

Never Too Young


Yes, the times have changed a bit. Don't laugh too loudly, though. I have seen baby bottles out there shaped like 7up soda bottles. Half the "juice" they sell for kids is high-fructose corn syrup with water and coloring added... soda pop without the bubbles.

But gosh... can you imagine giving a baby a bottle of Coke? I dunno Our kids don't drink pop, except the very occasional Sierra Mist or, when we go to the old general store downtown, they'll get a glass bottle of grape Nehi. I can't imagine what the caffeine booster would do... to me, not to them!

Google me this

If you're bored and want to do a quick run-through on just about every pic we've posted on this blog, here are about two dozen Google pages. Or should that be "Googled" pages?

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Tango Tops Banned Books

NEW YORK - A children's story about a family of penguins with two fathers once again tops the list of library books the public objects to the most.

And Tango Makes Three, released in 2005 and co-written by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, [and illustrated by Henry Cole] was the most "challenged" book in public schools and libraries for the second straight year, according to the American Library Association.


"The complaints are that young children will believe that homosexuality is a lifestyle that is acceptable. The people complaining, of course, don't agree with that," Judith Krug, director of the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom, told The Associated Press on Tuesday... full story

-- I guess we can at least be thankful they're not burning the books.

Beijing 2008


Trio


Just a sketch. I like the feel of drawing in Sketchbook Pro. Very natural.

To Bee or Not to Bee


The honey bee is quickly becoming extinct. In China, it already has. We are importing them by the millions from Australia. Unfortunately, the Australian bees brought a disease that destroys the immune system of our honeybees. Besides making honey, honeybees are the only pollinator of clover. What a tangled web...

Corporate Dingbat


Rainbow Girl


Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The Tongue & the Teeth

Once upon a time there was a boy who had a bad habit of talking more than was necessary.

"What a tongue!" sighed the teeth one day. "It is never still, never quiet!"

"What are you grumbling about?" replied the tongue arrogantly. "You teeth are only slaves, and your job is merely to chew whatever I decide. We have nothing in common, and I shall not allow you to meddle in my affairs."

So the boy went on chattering, very impertinently sometimes, and his tongue was happy, learning new words every day.

But one day, when the boy did some damage, and then allowed his tongue to tell a big lie, the teeth obeyed the heart, sprang together and bit the tongue.

From that day onward the tongue became timid and prudent, and thought twice before speaking.

From Fables of Leonardo da Vinci

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Indiana Jones IV


Looking forward to the new Indy movie, especially since Spielberg says they're filming it Old School with a minimum of CGI. The previews look promising. Of course, it'll be a weekend blockbuster even if it sucks raw eggs.

Lupine, Orchards, Mountains.


This was a bit tricky because I had to draw fields of lupine flowers, an orchard, and the beginnings of a mountain on the same page. I managed to come up with something that did all three rather poorly. Oh well. I like the car and the bird. 

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Iron Man


The movie rocks!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Three Men in a Hot Rod Tub


This is a little sketch of an idea I had for a new blog header. It won't work for that purpose, but thought I'd post the sketch anyway.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Warm-Up Sketch


Just a quick warm-up sketch.

Watercolor and ink on Strathmore 500 bristol board