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Was my last post seriously at the beginning of January?! And I started the year off planning on posting weekly . . . but I have a good excuse. I've been illustrating my butt off. Well, not off . . . it is still attached but it has been glued to a chair. The book I was working on took much more time than I had expected, but I've now completed interior art! I dropped it off just this Monday at Simon & Schuster. Here is a sneaky peek . . .
Can you guess what it is about?
I've got dragons on my mind . . .
Rex is excited! In fact, he is so excited he is doing the Koo Koo Kanga Roo Dinosaur Stomp!
This DINOVEMBER Rex and I have two books to celebrate. Of course, REX WRECKS IT! (Candlewick) and because it is also MOVEMBER, Mo's Mustache! (Tundra Books). Mo, Rex, and I have two upcoming events.
First we'll be at BUTTONWOOD BOOKS AND TOYS at 10:30 AM on SATURDAY, NOV. 8th in Cohasset, MA. Buttonwood will be celebrating Neighborhood Toy Store Day. http://buttonwoodbooksandtoys.com
Next we'll be visiting the Burlington Barnes & Noble at 6:30 PM on NOV. 22.
Then we'll be headed to Montana for school visits the entire first week of December!
Most of the time I draw the cute/whimsical things that pop up here on my site but on occasion my sketchbooks take a slightly sinister twist. I've been wanting to share them but this didn't feel like the spot. So I've started a FB page featuring some of my darker doodles. https://www.facebook.com/darkdoodles
Seemed like the right time of year for it!
It's October! The time of year for doodling monsters, pumpkins, spiders, and spooktacular creatures of all sorts. This has got to be one of my favorite months of the year.
Drew these dragons on the back of a record album when driving up to Porland, ME today. Trying to name a dragon in a book I'm working on. It is a very friendly and playful sort of dragon. Suggestions for a name?
Wishing I was at the beach right now but it is rainy and not all that warm out in NE MA today. So I'm doodling the beach at my studio!
Ahoy! I have two signings coming up soon for my new picture book REX WRECKS IT!
Paul Czajack, Dana Alison Levy, and Ben Clanton at the Andover BookstoreSeptember 27 @ 1 PM
89 Main St # 1, Andover, MA 01810www.hugobookstores.com
Ben Clanton at the Odyssey Bookshop
October 4 @ 11 AM9 College Street, South Hadley, MAwww.odysseybks.com
I'd love to see you at one of the events! PLUS if you are in the Andover area there is a contest you can enter for a chance to win a signed copy of REX and an original illustration. Drop off the completed entry at the Andover Bookstore.
Just about one week until my next picture book (REX WRECKS IT!) comes out, so I thought today I would do a bit of a different 'sketchbook saturday' post and share some cover sketches.
I really liked the one below but it is very similar to the design I came up with for MO'S MUSTACHE.
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The other night I was flipping through old sketch books (searching for ideas) and ran across this page. These doodles are from Sept. 2011 and were the start of my book Rex Wrecks It! I wanted to make a book that would have a bunch of stuff I enjoy drawing. Apparently that includes farts! The story went through a number of permutations and in the end only four of these characters stuck around. It's fun for me to see how the project changed. I forgot that Gizmo didn't have glasses to start out and I have no idea why Rex has a mustache and a beret (doesn't exactly fit his personality). Fluffy would become Sprinkles. Xzklmf the alien had to go back to its home planet. Wild actually looks pretty darn similar to the final version. I wish Boo had made the final cut. Forgot how much I loved that ghost!