Friday, August 31, 2007


A sketch from the Ichthyosaur book, which might also be the cover. The Ichthyosaur was actually a reptile, not a fish. Over millions of years, they ranged in size from a few feet to whale-size. In the early 1800s a young girl discovered the first Ichthyosaur fossil to be found in England. She often hunted for fossils on the beach and sold them. She is the one who made up the tongue-twister, "She sells seashells by the seashore," referring to herself.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007


This is a page from the Giganotosaurus book. This dinosaur was longer and heavier than T. Rex, but probably lacked the brute strength of T. Rex. It was discovered by an amateur paleontologist in Argentina, where the biggest dinosaurs of all have been discovered.

Giganotosaurus had serrated teeth, another difference between it and its more famous counterpart... and actually T. Rex came much later. It's possible that these guys hunted in groups and went after dinos that were several times their size.

They suffered from low self-esteem and were known in paleontological circles as crybabysaurus. Fossil impressions reveal that they experienced pattern baldness and by two years of age had a caeser-like crown of feathers around their small-brained skulls. It's probable that Giganotosaurus was domesticated and used by the Mayans to move massive stones used in building the pyramids, much like the Egyptians used dinosaurs to build their pyramids. Giganotosaurus had ticklish feet.

My crew.

I was off planting agaves yesterday with my brother. They are agave "americanas" and they get quite huge. In Mexico they get to be the size of a family van. I drew these guys before i took off and did that. -Wes

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Something I'm Working On

A few character sketches for something I'm working on.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Velociraptor fossils

This is another sketch from the Velociraptor book I'm illustrating. Finished all the sketches for this book, now moving on to Giganotosaurus.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Color character study.

Who knew a roadrunner had a gray beak? I didn't. Initially my characters all start out stiff like Lacey the roadrunner here. -Wes

Monday, August 20, 2007

Backing Up Files

Although I've never lost a hard drive, various things will go wrong with computers. Either the hard drive will eventually fill up, or a system board could go out, or, as happened to me last week, a power inverter board got toasted and I had to replace it. I have tried various things to keep files backed up. I'd be interested in hearing how you all out there handle this issue. Burn to CD or DVD? External drive? Online storage? Home server? I'm weighing options and could use some ideas.


Saturday, August 18, 2007

Perusing Meghan Rose

We got our copy of Meghan Rose! The kids are very impressed. I think it's kinda cool, too.

Dino Dig

Another sketch for the Velociraptor book.

Thursday, August 16, 2007


Well, thirty years ago I was sitting in the living room watching Gilligan's Island, when an announcer interrupted the show and announced Elvis Presley, the King of Rock 'n' Roll, was dead. My Mom was in curlers, getting ready to eat a baloney sandwich and couldn't finish it.
They played Elvis songs on a radio station non-stop for at least three days. It's easy to forget how big Elvis was. Three billion people watched his live Hawaii special (Correction: 1.5 billion. Also was first program broadcast via satellite). 300 gold records. Sideburns & jumpsuits. Big sunglasses. Pink Cadillacs.
So here I am takin' care of business... from a B&W photo. ArtRage2 & Photoshop. Thank you very much.

Studio Smorgasbord

I have never seen so many studios. Take a look. And then you might have fun perusing the site of the very talented Mr. Biggs.

Monday, August 13, 2007

More of these guys.

Javelinas are elusive creatures out here in the desert. You almost never see them unless they are munching through your garbage. - W.

Meghan Rose Has Ants in her Pants

Here is the second book in the Meghan Rose series published by Standard Publications.
It, as well as the first book in the series, is in bookstores now.
Wonderfully written by Lori Z. Scott and illustrated by myself.

Link: Check out the Meghan Rose web site at

Friday, August 10, 2007

Portland Studios

Just got back from a great visit with the guys at Portland Studios. It should be illegal for one studio to house so much talent. And not just talented artists, but writing, marketing, animation, web design and probably stuff I missed. I wish I would have brought a camera. They're on the second floor of a neat old downtown building. Lots of huge windows, wood floors, lots of space. Very cool. I got my shot of inspiration and motivation for the summer.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Velociraptor Cover

This will probably be the art for the cover of the Velociraptor book. I hope to get the hang of painting digitally by the time I'm done with the series :)

Scanned in pencils and colored in PS8.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Color Study

Color always creates difficulties for me. I was a black & white artist for so long... Anyways, this is something of a color study. I need to figure out a more simple way to do a feathery dinosaur. I will not panic, though. Yet.

Freelancer Tips

I've become addicted to the blog on a site called Freelance Switch.

I recently bookmarked this article called "46 Must-Read Productivity Tips for Freelancers" that I thought might be helpful to some freelancers visiting our little blog.

There are good tips there, some of which I'm going to implement in my studio this week.

Link: Freelance Switch

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Horton Hears a Who movie

To my surprise, this guy is turning out to be the main character in my next project. -Wes
I also just noticed he has nine legs. Th' more the merrier I guess.

Friday, August 3, 2007


I told my 5- year-old daughter that I am an expert at doing everything. She said, "Can you make a manikin fart?"

Drawing Spooner

I haven't drawn these guys in quite a while! Spooner and Roxanne from my old comic strip. Drawn in Sketchbook Pro on the tablet PC. Captured with Snagit.

Here I Am

This is where I Google.

Three Men in a Sub

Just something silly.

Hold on, buddy.

My watercolor contribution after a long, very undeserved break.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Ghost Story

Sorry, I haven't posted in a while.
This is the beginning of a story I've been working on for myself.