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30 - Married 10 years to the best friend I could ever ask for- 2 teenage kids - Currently work as a gift set and packaging designer. I am a hopeful author, illustrator, songwriter, singer and guitarist, master of none of the above...
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Some of you may already know, but last year I was overly thrilled to have been contacted by Simon & Schuster to illustrate a short story in a John Carter of Mars anthology titled "Under the Moons of Mars", by editor John Joseph Adams.The story I was given is titled "Woola's Song" and was written by fantasy author Theodora Goss. If you are not familiar with the Barsoom stories, Woola is a many-legged, dog/lizard creature called a calot, and he is a really awesome character within the stories.
At first I was a little nervous about presenting my own vision of Woola to a public of John Carter fans, 100 years in the making! I still have yet to find out what people will think of my Woola. But I enjoyed every minute of designing him and creating a scene that could convey his love for his friend John as well as his longing to know others of his own kind.
The book hits shelves everywhere on Feb 7th! Not to mention the Disney/Pixar movie hitting screens in March! I can hardly wait!
Mock-up, 2-page spread from the Neverending Story.
One of my various odd pets as a kid was my softshell turtle. They have one of the coolest faces in the world of turtles. I am working on another Neverending Story illustration at the moment and my softshell felt like the perfect Morla:)
Even after the werewolf Gmork died, Atreyu got too close and the evil within clamped onto Atreyu's leg, leaving him trapped until a faithful friend arrived!
"I wonder," he said to himself, "what's in a book while it's closed."
I've been spending all of my free time working through a picture book dummy. It's been a really fun experience and I really enjoy the story. I will share more on that some other time, but for now I thought I would share some preliminary sketches for an old shipwrecked sailor in the story.
It's been hard to decide what look is right for him: big chops, Amish-like jaw beard, full beard and stache...A lot to think through. I think Im going for the jaw beard...
Started with a pencil drawing. Inked it using FW acrylic inks (about 1 part black to 3 parts brown or burnt sienna). Followed by a value wash using the same mixture of FW inks, to lock in the tones. Painting was done with Acryla Gouache, other than the clouds, which I had to glaze in with acrylic paint because the gouache is too unforgiving for my limited ability with blending the colors…well, there you have it.
...the all too frequent gentle nudge from a gracious friend.
If you are lucky you will learn sooner than later that shortcuts lead to long delays...
What does the "A" stand for?
"AS LOUD AS POSSIBLE!"
This is my latest drawing, from the classic, "The Phantom Tollbooth".
Some preliminary sketches: Can anyone guess what this scene is?
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Just some fellas I sketched up the other night while exercising pen work with no pencil under-drawing.