13 06, 2018

Beet and Panda

By |2018-06-13T12:11:26+00:00June 13th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Why did you start making Beet and Panda? In April 2018, I created one comic strip a day and didn't miss a Beet. It was a 30-day challenge. At first the project was intended to keep me drawing while writing my graphic novel... but it soon became the main event. I had a lot [...]

30 01, 2018

Painting in Photoshop

By |2018-02-01T08:55:16+00:00January 30th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Let's talk about painting in Photoshop! I had the privilege of illustrating this poster for the S.C.B.W.I. (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators). They are holding a non-fiction writing conference this Spring and will use my artwork for promotion. Sketch Phase I chose to illustrate a handful of historical figures. It [...]

15 08, 2017

The Milkshake Heist is Awesome!

By |2017-08-18T08:47:06+00:00August 15th, 2017|News|0 Comments

The Milkshake Heist drawings I am doing this week are less refined because they are sketches and aren't final artwork. Sketches share what I am going for without investing a ton of time. It's a preliminary step to sell the idea/composition to an art director. I aim to create 9-12 sketches per day, that's about [...]

9 05, 2017

The Milkshake Heist Focus Groups & Cover Art

By |2017-05-09T09:18:20+00:00May 9th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Last March, I wrote about the completed dummy book for Milkshake Heist. Since then, we not only received helpful critique from industry professionals and writing colleagues but have revised the dummy. It hurt to take nearly rendered pages out and I learned that roughs need to be just that, ROUGH. It was all worth it to have [...]

5 04, 2017

Reading Coco Wants a Burger at Papas & Pajamas

By |2017-04-05T10:21:25+00:00April 5th, 2017|News|1 Comment

Papas & Pajamas is an event where elementary students come to school at night in their pajamas to listen to stories read aloud by volunteers. I had the great privilege of being an author/illustrator presenter last night at the very school I went to as a kid! The students had 5 different stations to attend [...]

16 03, 2017

Dummy Book for The Great Milkshake Heist

By |2017-03-16T14:16:26+00:00March 16th, 2017|News|0 Comments

  The first draft of our dummy book for the Great Milkshake Heist is complete! It's an exciting time. Now Justin and I will collect feedback from industry professionals on how to improve the book. We'll read it to kids to see how the jokes go over. After revising the dummy it will be [...]

28 12, 2016

Storyboard Artwork for the Great Milkshake Heist

By |2016-12-28T10:02:20+00:00December 28th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Justin and I finished the script for the Great Milkshake Heist and are moving to the storyboard phase. We estimate the book will be about 140 pages when it is translated into comic panels. The process at this point is all about storytelling. How can we write the story so that the reader enjoys it? The storyboard [...]

6 12, 2016

My Next Book Project, The Great Milkshake Heist

By |2016-12-23T09:56:49+00:00December 6th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Last week I finished No Slack November and used the artwork to develop my next book. I created a page a day of inked and colored artwork for one month resulting in 30 daily posts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. The artwork helped tell a 22 page scene from the graphic novel I am working on with a friend, The [...]