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1. Teoh To Me (a reference you'll only get if you're British, unless the Chuckle Brothers have gone global)

Check out this lovely review of my book by Teoh of Parka Blogs. For those of you who haven't yet got a copy it'll tell you all you need to know about the book. Apart from the bit about me being French. I'm not. I've just always wanted to be!
Thanks so much Teoh.
You can get hold of a copy of my book HERE.

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2. BEEP! It's a studio, full of wet paint.

Here is a sneak preview of my newest book, in progress. The title is BEEP! It's Bedtime by Christina Geist, to be published by RandomHouse.  Like many of my other books, I started with an underpainting in acrylic paint, followed by a couple of coats of matte medium. Then it's time to slap on the ole' oil paint.

Each book project requires about twenty pieces of art and some of them are very time consuming if there is much detail involved. A book takes several months of work and somewhere in the middle of the process, I start to feel a little overwhelmed. I usually paint in a production line sort of way, mixing a few colors and hitting several paintings with that paint.

Back and forth, from one painting to the next. Hours turn into days and days, into months. I'm lucky to know what year it is. Anyway, I'm getting close to the finish on this book and all of the paintings that seemed incomplete for so long, are now starting to come together.

I'll show more when everything is finished.

By the way, it is still 2015, right?

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3. i'm going to clear out my head, i'm going to get myself straight

I've been cleaning up my house recently. And cleaning up my act. I've always kept stuff 'for drawing'. For that day when I finally sit down and draw my stamp, matchbox, buttons, receipts, doll's heads (really), cork collections. Amongst many others.
But, this isn't fitting in with my quest for minimalist living. So there's going to be a cull. Things are getting serious. But how can I get rid of these corks? They are thing of beauty. I've drawn them before (above and below) and I may want to draw them again. They all have their own characters and personalities. They're all slightly different. You can make rubber stamps out of them. They have sentimental.....

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4. Hello, Dolly!

I just received a letter from Dolly Parton. One of my books, Not Your Typical Dragon has been selected for the 2015 edition of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program in the US and Candada. 

This is so cool! They get selected books into the hands of thousands of kids. What a great service! Dolly Parton ...thank YOU for inspiring children to "Dream More, Learn More, Care More & Be More"...SA-LUTE!

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5. Toledo Museum of Art "Best in Show"...

I have a painting that is hanging in The Toledo Museum of Art .If you are in the area and can navigate through the snow, check it out. The show is a collection of animal illustrations from the Mazza Museum: International Art from Picture Books.

One of my childhood favorite book characters will also be in the show. Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell. My painting is an illustration of me as a young boy and my dog, named Scat.

This illustration is from the book, titled: Speak!: Children's Book Illustrators Brag About Their Dogs (compiled by Michael J. Rosen, Harcourt Children's Books,1993)

The show ends July 5th so go when you won't need the sled dogs.

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6. Pirate's take over studio...

Here’s a peek at my newest picture book.

Sketch for cover design.

Detail of cover art in progress.

I recently finished a new book, Pirate’s Lullaby- Mutiny at Bedtime, written by Marcie Wessels (Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 2015).

Here are a few early pics of the process…sketches, etc.

Pencil sketches for pirate boy character.

Sketches for pirate dad character.

Very rough pirate heads for reference (super sculpey).

Pirate head in different positions and lighting.

More heads in different positions and lighting.

A final illustration spread with reference sheets.

Everything is started but a lot of painting ahead. Oil paint on canvas (acrylic underpainting).

I can’t wait until next year’s Talk Like a Pirate Day.

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7. You can take that to the Bank(s)!

I spent Saturday, in Cincinnati at the Books by the Banks 2014. Here is an overview of the event-

Books by the Banks: Cincinnati USA Book Festival is an annual celebration of books and reading that takes place every October in downtown Cincinnati. The day-long festival, which is free and open to the public, features national, regional, and local authors and illustrators; book signings; panel discussions; and activities for the entire family to enjoy.
It was a great day of book signing, seeing old friends and meeting new friends. There were kids with really cool looking painted faces. I almost jumped in line for a total face and head painting...but, changed my mind. When will I ever grow up?
Here are a few pics that were taken...
Adam Watkins, me and Jon Bowers.
This would be me and the great Marc Brown. Wow, this pic is a keeper!
I'm with Loren Long (and his lunch). 
I made two new very talented friends, Michelle Houts and Melissa Guion. Their table was filled with chocolate baseballs and penguins. And books, of course! 

Now, I'm back in the studio, coffee in hand, ready to paint some skunks and chipmunks...sure with I had a few of those chocolate baseballs.
...back to the brush.

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8. Picturebook Complete: 1,000,000 points!  Super exciting...

Picturebook Complete: 1,000,000 points! 

Super exciting announcement! As some of you might have heard, the picturebook I have been working on from Feb- June has been printed and is (almost!) available for purchase. I just received my hardcopy this weekend, and it is beautiful!

When I was contacted by Plymouth Puzzles about creating a storybook to accompany their upcoming line of Christmas reusable gift bags I was thrilled! The book, Santa’s New Tradition, follows the story of a little girl as she discovers the waste caused by wrapping paper and decides to make a positive change. 

I really enjoyed working on this book and am super excited to see it up for sale (looks like late August/ Early September release).

More coming on my process of idea to final later- and thanks for reading!

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9. pictures from my exhibition.....

I've recently had a solo exhibition at the Region's gallery. It was fun, humbling, honest and the opening night was downright scary. But all in all it was a wonderful experience. I enetered 22 images in all, here are a few of them. I entered pieces using most of the tricks up my sleeve in various mediums including: acrylics, oils, graphite, watercolour and gouache. the exhibition was called 'The Eternal Student', the reason for the title was that I feel I'm forever learning. Thankfully I've been asked to come back for another exhibition, I'd like to focus on just one theme next time. Watch this space......

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10. Red Dress....

I've just come back from a long weekend with my wife and son and hadn't drawn all weekend. This is what came out of me upon my return.
As usual, it was painted with Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop.

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11. Pegasus

here's todays image. I've got a bit of a thing happening with 'flight' at the moment.
For the first time since I've started using them, I'm very comfortable with Photoshop and Painter. I've developed half an idea of a working procedure that really seems to suit me, it's rather like the way I used to work when I used traditional media.

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12. Singing the Praises of Corel Painter X

I've been using Corel Painter for a couple of years now. I'm currently using PainterX, there are a few more thingies on it than it's predecessor. I've been doodling away at a project that's in the back of my mind in muy spare time and today, I wanted to have a play with Painter's inking pen functions. This is the before and after; from the drawing to the finished line art, for me, for digital media, it comes pretty close to the real thing.

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13. Fairy....

I've been a busy boy lately, haven't had much time for sketching and the like, but I did manage to paint up a rough sample or two for a publisher I'm in touch with..... here's one of those images....

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14. Walking in the snow...

This illustration is for the bottom half of the page that Santa (see previous post) sits on. As usual it was painted in Corel Painter after having drawn and inked it. I'm enjoying this book immensely, children's books are so much fun! I work in quite a few different styles, but i have to say that this kind of work seems to come out of me a lot easier than some of the other types of things I do.

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15. My new book Where's Stig? The World Tour - Book Cover Revealed!

At last, here it is, the first look at Where's Stig? The World Tour, the sequel to my quarter of a million copy bestseller Where's Stig? for the BBC TV show Top Gear. It's been 6 months solid work, but you don't have too long to wait to see the full results as it's in the shops on September 30th 2010, & available to pre-order on Amazon now!

Where's Stig? The World Tour illustrated by Rod Hunt - Every now and then, Top Gear’s tame racing driver needs a change of scene, and after a power-lap-packed year that’s seen our fearless man in white elevated to bone fide celebrity status, Stig’s decided he needs to escape the flashing bulbs of the paparazzi and do something for himself. It’s time to hit the tarmac with an Esperanto language CD and a pet passport for Where's Stig? The World Tour.

Stig’s journey will span the continents, from the snow-capped mountains of the north, to the tropical jungles of the equator and dusty deserts of the south, and we’ll be watching him every step of the way. Stig will be hidden within every brilliantly drawn scene, along with Clarkson, Hammond and Captain Slow, and there’ll be plenty of other Top Gear gags to keep readers going back for more.

Where’s Stig? took readers by storm last year, and Where’s Stig? The World Tour will have Top Gear fans revving their super-charged engines to come along with him on the ride of a lifetime.

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16. Introducing the Letter "Rito"

... from my Super Alphabet series... soon to be a kids alphabet book.

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17. New painting..."Two for the road"

Finally got around to doing a new painting... more coming soon.


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18. " Woodland Nutcracker"

Our beautiful WoodlandNutcracker book, which was chosen as The Children's Picture Book of the year in 1999 by the Canadian Book Review Annual, was orphaned earlier this year when the publisher went out of business. We are fortunate to have obtained the remaining books from the publisher's warehouse, boxes of mint-new copies full of Christmas magic and adventure.

As with the earlier Woodland Christmas, the story was inspired by many camping trips and cottage visits in Canada's boreal forest, "far away from highways and city lights", where one can travel for days and not meet another human being or even a camera-shy bear. In a story that parallels the Nutcracker ballet, Clara is given a wonderful carved Nutcracker Bear who transforms into the dashing Nutcracker Prince. After settling a midnight battle with the field mice with a Christmas Eve truce, giving the hungry mice food for their families, Clara and Nutcracker fly away to the Ice Palace of the Great Bear, Ursa Major.

At the Great Bear's palace an international cast of bears performs for Clara - juggling pandas and trapeze artist koalas and more, plus some of her dearest woodland friends. I have made two posters from the illustrations, grizzly bear Mother Ginger with her junior hockey team, and the polar bear Yuk Tuk dancing to the strains of the Russian Dance, pictured below. For the purposes of the poster I have placed a copy of the book in her gracefully extended paw! 2 Comments on " Woodland Nutcracker", last added: 11/1/2011

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19. Looking for a new pet? …how about a dinosaur??

My newest book is out this month and it’s a beauty!  The production quality is top notch… a really thick cover, slightly embossed title on the dust jacket and a music cd, embedded on the inside of the back cover…nice!

Dinosaur Pet by Neil Sedaka and Marc Sedaka, published by Imagine! (an imprint of Charlesbridge) just hit the shelves and the song is already a tune that I can’t get out of my head.  What a fun project and Neil Sedaka is such a gifted singer/ songwriter… not to mention his talented son, Marc, who also has a very impressive writing resume’.  What a great team!

The artwork was created with acrylic paint on a textured surface.  I gessoed the board before I painted the images.  Then, after laying in the areas of color, I painted (dry brush technique) over the image and gesso brushstrokes to get the texture that you see in the final art.

A few art notes: Some interesting props have been recognized in the art.  The red piano, seen in the book is very similar to one that was featured on the cover of Neil Sedaka's 1977 album, A Song. The black and white zebra chair (above) is extremely similar to the one that is on his web site banner.  Coincidence?… maybe, but it makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

I was told that Mr. Sedaka liked intense color so I pumped up the chroma. This is the most saturated color book that I’ve done, thus far.

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20. Big Bear Hug...

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21. Barnyard Mysteries underway...Pencil sketch characters down on Penny Pac farm...

Piggie Pie:  Jr. detective- Hates taking a bath, his spots and tea time at 3
Master detective ...loves luxury, solving mysteries and tea at 3...
Hermoise Hen: Master detective - loves, luxury, solving barnyard mysteries and tea time at 3.

Penny Pac farm....

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22. Pepi's World...

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23. A Tribute to Dr.Seuss


I’m super excited to be apart of this years Children’s Book Art Silent Auctions at the BEA this May, 28th! This years auction has a special showcase tribute on everyones beloved storyteller Dr. Seuss.


This 8×8 print which is printed on Premium Giclee Paper is on its way to the ABFFE offices and ready for its new home! If you’re interested in participating in this years auction which supports the fight against book censorship please visit the ABFFE website more information about attending this years showcase. {www.abffe.org}

Excited to see you at the show!


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24. A few rare Bowers selfies.

Here is the latest children’s book project. I can’t say much about it but I will say that it involves a few elfies. I’ll explain, later.

You might guess the subject by the artwork, seen in my elfies….er, I mean selfies.

Let me be the very first to wish you a Merry Christmas, 2014.

More project updates, to come...
Ho-ho-ho…from the stu-di-o!

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25. Fairy tale Illustration...

This image took me nearly three days to 'paint'. some of it was hard work, some of it was an absolute joy. I'm pretty happy with the result. It was rendered in my usual photoshop and Painter.

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