Thursday, February 28, 2008

Indiana Jones 4

Here is the final art for the unofficial Indiana Jones 4 poster! You're seeing it here first. And this is as far as it will go, of course.

Indiana Jones takes to the screen one more time. Does Harrison Ford still have what it takes at age 64? Well, of course he does, don't be ridiculous!

They're being very secretive about the whole thing. It is supposed to be released this year, but I haven't seen any trailers or posters yet. I guess they figure they don't need a lot of pre-hype; it's already built in.

So I decided to make my own since they're not showing us anything. Now back to work.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The Fix-It Crew

I illustrated an educational book hitting bookstores March 1st.
It's called "Phonics Comics: The Fix-It Crew," written by Lara Bergen and published by Innovative Kids.

Innovative Kids does a terrific job with this line of books. If these were available when I was a kid, I would have raced to the bookstore to buy them. I love comics and I love children's books. It's a great concept to help kids learn to read.

You can buy this book at, your local bookstore or other online booksellers.

Phonics Comics: The Fix-It Crew
Price : $3.99 U.S. / $4.50 Can.
ISBN : 9781584766131
Age : 6 and up
Pub Date : Mar 2008
Page Count : 24

Note: I had to reconstruct the boxes and word balloons on the interior page because I couldn't flatten the actual book for a decent scan.


Experimenting with Painter.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Just a silly scribble I did for the blog.  I always start with the nose for some reason.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Science Detective

Young J. K. Rowling

This is a drawing I did of a young J. K. Rowling.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Wintery Season

I had this color editorial cartoon in Sunday's Chicago Tribune.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Stacy Wins SCBWI Contest

Congrats to Stacy for winning the illustration contest sponsored by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators! The theme was The Anti-Valentine.

Check it out here.

Thursday, February 21, 2008


Somebody had to go get stitches today. Five, I believe. I'll verify the number another day. Not today.

On the Way to Work

We live near the zoo and only a block away from a Metra train station.
This morning while drinking a cup of hot chocolate, I watched the commuters make their way to the Metra station, off to work on this very snowy Chicago day.

I saw this fellow and grabbed my watercolors and made this sketch of him.
He was about 7 feet tall, hairy, matching hat and briefcase and very much in a hurry.
I watched this afternoon to see him make his way back home, but it seems he didn't return.

Things I've had to draw lately.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Lost Shimmaron

Trailer for the children's book, The Lost Shimmaron.

My Buddy, Slug

Trailer for the picture book My Buddy, Slug, by Jarrett J. Krosoczka.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Concept Art

This is Top Secret, so don't tell anybody.

Where the Wild Things Are

Dave Eggers' adaptation of Maurice Sendak's children's book "Where The Wild Things Are" is not expected until next year, but an apparent screen test circulating online is already drumming up more interest in the Spike Jonze film.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Friday, February 15, 2008

Preliminary drawing

John Alvin 1948 - 2008

John Alvin, who created memorable images for movie posters, billboards and advertisements, including the two fingers touching above the Earth’s surface for “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” died on Wednesday at his home in Rhinebeck, N.Y. He was 59.

Mr. Alvin painted striking images for more than 135 films in a 35-year career, working on projects for directors like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Blake Edwards, Mel Brooks and Ridley Scott.

More recently Mr. Alvin painted posters for the “Star Wars,” “Harry Potter,” “Lord of the Rings” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” series.

Click here for the full story.


Thursday, February 14, 2008

Don't Go Inside!

Boy Meets Dragon

Photoshop. Art sample for a client. Something a little bit different.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

Well, not really. And anyways, we kinda quit celebrating Valentine's Day because it seems to have been invented solely to sell stuff. We only celebrate Columbus Day now.

And what does that have to do with this old ad? Absolutely nothing! I just wanted to post it because it's from that era of masterful illustrators who ruled. Wish I could paint like this, and that there was some company that actually would want it!

Can't say the same for those old copy writers. Can you believe they used to put stuff like this in print?! Amazing.

Also, if you have a young daughter, don't let her watch reruns of Bewitched. I never realized how utterly sexist that show was! The Andy Griffith Show was practically Burn Your Bra compared to that. But I still like the first Darrin.
If I'm incoherent it's because I have to go draw something! and I don't know what! It could be anything, but it has to be the right thing! You'll never understand! Just leave me alone!

At least Stacy is crazier than I am right now. Wes probably is, too, but he's much bigger than me so I'm not gonna say it.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


Just a warm up in ArtRage.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Mr. Spider and Mr. Fly.

 I was testing out some new brushes and some acrylics in this simple watercolor. I love the depth of acrylic, but the effort it takes to keep tiny brushes usable is immense. 

Monday, February 4, 2008


I'm happy to be sloshing around paint a bit with these characters. I'm going to try some inks and colored pencils around the edges, but i do love just straight brushwork sometimes.  -W. 

Snow Dog

I decided to use my lunchbreak today to switch gears and work three-dimensionally.
I just could not resist the 10" or more of snow we have on the ground.

I wish I could've done a better job, but the time for my lunchbreak is quite limited.

Sara Rojo Perez

I recently came across the work of Spanish artist/illustrator Sara Rojo Perez. Very nice work. Lots of energy, engrossing styles, very organic.

Favorite Super Bowl Commercial

Sunday, February 3, 2008


This is from a photo my bro sent me, from his recent visit to Austria. Done in ArtRage2.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Happy Birthday, Dad!

There are very few people I draw birthday cards for on a regular basis, my dad was one of them.
He always got a handmade card for his birthday and Father's Day.

As usual, my Spidey senses went off earlier this week to draw his birthday card so I could get it in the mail on time. His birthday is tomorrow. And then I realized this is his first birthday not being with us. A pretty sad moment for me, because it was one of those things I always did for my dad. He liked the cards so much he had them framed and hung them on the wall next to the computer area at home. That was special to me.

I hope to scan in all those cards and post them somewhere on my web site sometime, some of them were really funny, but until then, here's a couple of cards I made for my dad.

This is his birthday card from 2006. It's about this time he picked my twin brother and I up from our babysitter's house and my dad had shaved off his moustache sometime during the day. My twin brother kept screaming, "He's not our dad! He's not our dad!" My dad had to literally drag him into the car. I almost wet my pants.

This is the last Father's Day card I made for my dad. He was an avid fisherman, so most of his Father's Day cards were fishing cards and jokes about the many fishing trips he took us on when we were kids. Considering some of the other cards I drew for him, this one is lame. A fish saying "Happy Father's Day!" Where's the joke in that?

Like I said, some day I'd like to scan the other cards in and share them with you, some of the cards were really funny and I always felt I did some great artwork because it was just doing art for fun.

Vampire Hours

Do you keep vampire's hours?
Are you a night owl or an early bird?

Share your stories in the Comments area.

By the way...
The current world record for the longest period without sleep is 11 days, set by Randy Gardner in 1965. Four days into the research, he began hallucinating. This was followed by a delusion where he thought he was a famous footballer. Surprisingly, Randy was actually functioning quite well at the end of his research and he could still beat the scientist at pinball.