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1. 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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2. 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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3. 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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4. 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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5. 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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6. 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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7. 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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8. Pepi's World...

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9. It start's out as "a very good day"...

Giselle McMenamin
Cover illustration for book dummy
Media: Gouache

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10. New Step-By-Step Illustration...

Here's my latest step-by-step demonstration...
I've been asked by one of my publishers for some animal samples. Although I have a huge amount of wildlife drawings and paintings, I don't really have all that many animal illustrations, so I set about doing a few. (see the kookaburra image from a previous post...)
This one was an absolute joy to paint. I had great reference for starters... my Mother-in-law took the photos on a recent trip to the UK, it's very handy having relatives who take great photos and it's always worthwhile to keep a lot of files for reference, here's proof.
I call this image 'The Sparrows of Redgate Cottage".
STEP ONE Here's the reference I used for the image. Note, I turned the cottage around, just in case the owners ever saw it, I'm not sure if the M.I.L. got permission. I'll carry on as if she didn't.
STEP TWO Here's the composited image with some painting done for the sky, the posts in the foreground and the road. Photoshop is fantastic for this purpose. It's a lot easier to put an image together this way.
STEP THREE Here I work out the the sketch to paint over. I keep it very basic as the photos have a whole heap of information. If I started this image from scratch, with no reference, I'd have to add a lot of info at this stage.
STEP FOUR I've added a colour overlay in Painter, I'm starting out using the 'chalk' option.

STEP FIVE See the chalky look to the colour?I use the chalk option for ease of getting the colours down quickly.

STEP SIX Some details added and keeping a watchful eye on the tones at the same time.

STEP SEVEN More detail. I start work from the back and gradually move forward.
STEP EIGHT I'm looking right through the image now and thinking about the relatiuonship between the background and the forefront. I begin adding a few highlights for clues and a little bit of work on the sparrow.
STEP NINE More tonal work to pull the whole thing together.
STEP TEN Tweaking some of the colours... the road, the path etc.
STEP ELEVEN Working right through the image, adding detail to the bird too at this point. This is the fun part for me, the finer detailing.
STEP TWELVE Lots more work on the foreground. Working out the relationship with the sparrow and the background, I want it to stand out so I add some gentle highlights, trying hard to avod the 'cut-out' look. I always bear try to bear this in mind.
STEP THIRTEEN Toning the whole thing and adding more detail, the image is really starting to come together at this point.
STEP FOURTEEN More of the same. The red of the gate really provides a nice break between the front and the back of the image and also, gives me a title.
STEP FIFTEEN The finished image. I'm pretty happy at this point, but no doubt, as I do, I'll go back and touch it up in the future. I forgot to mention that I painted this as a cover image, so I left a fair amount of space at the top for type. There's nothing worse than dodgy typestting over a lovely image. Another thing I try to bear in mind at all times.

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11. 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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12. 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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13. 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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14. 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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15. 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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16. 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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17. 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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18. 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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19. Introducing the Letter "Rito"

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

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

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


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21. " 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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22. 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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23. Big Bear Hug...

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24. 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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