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1. Who Needs Donuts?

Who Needs Donuts? by Mark Allen Stamaty By Mark Alan Stamaty

Published 1973 by Dial Press, reprinted 2003 by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books.

At first glance, the answer to this book’s title is pretty clear. Because, everybody.Who Needs Donuts? by Mark Allen Stamaty But do you know this book? When I mention it to someone, I either hear about their favorite jelly donut (the one with strawberry), or they lose their sprinkles over the magnificence of this screwy tale.

The simplicity of the setup:

Sam lived with his family in a nice house.

He had a big yard and lots of friends.

But he wanted donuts, not just a few but hundreds and thousands and millions — more donuts than his mother and father could ever buy him.

Finally one day he hopped on his tricycle and rode away to a big city to look for donuts.

The scattered spectacle of the scene, a commotion in black and white. On those initial pages alone:

A bird in swim trunks

A roof-mowing man

A chimney blowing ribbons

A man in the window reading a newspaper with the headline, Person Opens Picture Book Tries to Read the Fineprint

Two donuts

And a cinematic, get-ready-for-your-close-up page turn. (Be sure to look closely in the blades of grass.)Who Needs Donuts? by Mark Allen Stamaty There’s almost a calm in the chaos. It’s regular and rhythmic and pandemonium and patterned all at once. Perfect for a story that’s a little bit bonkers and a whole lot of comfort.

So. Then what?Who Needs Donuts? by Mark Allen Stamaty The relative calm of Sam’s neighborhood yields to an even madder and mayhem-ier sight.

Who Needs Donuts? by Mark Allen Stamaty Who Needs Donuts? by Mark Allen Stamaty Then Mr. Bikferd and his wagon of donuts shows up.

And a Sad Old Woman. And Pretzel Annie.

Sam continues to collect donuts. Stocks and piles of donuts.Who Needs Donuts? by Mark Allen Stamaty Who Needs Donuts? by Mark Allen Stamaty A wagon breaks. A repairman helps. A love story. Abandonment.

(A fried orange vendor. A bathing zebra. Rollerskates. A Sad Old Woman.)

Who needs donuts when you’ve got love?Who Needs Donuts? by Mark Allen Stamaty When Sam rides home, the words that began his story are on the sidewalk. I get the shivers about that.

The starts of stories are carved in concrete.


P.S. – These pictures remind me a little of what I’m seeing for Steve Light’s new book, Have You Seen My Dragon? Check out this review where Betsy Bird notices the same, and this post at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, because it’s always a treat. I also think of the hours I’d spend as a kid studying each square centimeter of The Ultimate Alphabet. Like Waldo, but weirder.

Tagged: black and white, color, line, mark allen stamaty, pattern, repetition, rhythm, texture, who needs donuts?

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2. first position

guess which one belongs with me ...

If you know me, you are aware of the fact that I'm not much of a dancer. I think I missed that window, and now it's definitely too late...
But I've been doing my research, and I have a few dance illustrations in the works, just for fun.
I hope you are having some fun too, spring is coming!

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3. jungle cat

Happy Monday!
I was playing around with my panther sketch and here's what I ended up with:

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4. Mandela


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5. HoHoDooDa 2013

The Great Gitana will tell your Yuletide fortune for but a few shillings.

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6. HoHoDooDa 2013

naturesanta_RBaird1He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. ~Roy L. Smith


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7. wip

A lot of things are in the works around here, even if this space is rather quiet.
This is a rough sketch for an assignment I'm very excited about. I get to do the cover and interior black and whites for a rather intriguing chapter book - I'll tell you more when it comes out.

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8. happy PI day!

My daughter has been looking forward to this day for a long time.  Although I do believe it has more to do with  her appreciation of pie than her love for math; her teacher promised to bake a pie for the student who memorizes the highest number of digits in PI. (more than 90 at last count!)
So here is my contribution:
I've been meaning to practice my hand lettering skills...

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9. Bearing up!

It's been a while since my last post! In fact you may notice I've not blogged since the New Year, blimey, what's been going on?

Well the short answer is "work!".  I usually write blog posts in two languages to go on separate English and Japanese language blogs, which can take up a chunk of time, so I took a tactical decision to stand back from blogging while I tackled more urgent matters.  Other social media? Well, yes, to a point, but I've tried to keep my online activities short, sweet and quick. As some people read this blog from feeds on Facebook and Twitter I thought it would be quicker to just post occasional updates directly to those platforms, but it's not quite the same is it. Blogs are more personal, more of a journal, more themed. Earlier this year I posted daily sketches on Twitter and Facebook until work issues obliged me to stop that too - however sketches will return shortly!

Things have been very hectic. At the moment I'm working on a picture book for Holiday House in the US. It's my second collaboration with author Marion Dane Bauer, after the spooky Halloween Forest. Though not a follow-up to that title at all, our new book has a somewhat complimentary rhythm.

Without giving too much away at this stage, I'll just say the book follows the journey of a bear, a child and various other animals through a late winter night, because, as the bear explains, "It is time..."

Time for what you ask? aha....

The title is Crinkle, Crackle, CRACK! Right now I'm painting the spreads, here are some scans of the pen work before colouring.

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10. SkADaMo 16 ~ Pumpkin Pie Tools

Something a little different this time!


Time to bake pumpkin pie!

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11. SkADaMo 17 ~ Pumpkin Pie Ingredients




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12. SkADaMo 18 ~ Pie Crust


Time to make the crust!


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13. SkADaMo 19 ~ Pie Filling



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14. SkADaMo 23

turkeycomic 2a_RBaird059

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15. SkADaMo 24

Skunk_RBaird1Mama Caiman was sure to invite Bougre Bete Puante on her next trip to the beaute salon.

turkeycomic3_RBairdskadamobutton2013monkey220SkADaMo 25

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16. SkADaMo 26

Turkey daze 3
Oh dear, oh dear, they wouldn’t!

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17. SkADaMo 27 ~ Merci

And so they arrived at the fay do do, over to Maman Caiman’s house. Each bringing with them, something to share. They ate till their bellies were full and they make the veiller. So much fun!

But Maman was worried, she hadn’t heard from Papa since last he left on his trip  to N’awlins.
“Merci pour m’svoir aide! We’re so happy you came! She said at their guest prepared to leave.

“Merci to you, Maman Caiman!” I hope you’ve saved some pie for Papa!

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18. SkADaMo 29

caimin_thankssleep_RBaird1After dinner, Mama Caiman was so tired that she didn’t hear the dogs barking or the see the shadowy figure slowly making a pathway through the bayou.

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19. SkADaMo 30 ~ Papa Comes Home


caimin_papa_RBaird72aShe didn’t hear the click clack of the lock, nor did she hear the munching of the last piece of Mama Camain’s pie as Papa hungrily gobbled it up.

skadamobutton2013monkey220And there you have it! Thirty days of SkADaMo and thirty days of Picture book ideas with PiBoldMo


This has been a very worthwhile experience to participate in. I now have 30 ideas, some good, some not so much, but none the less they are mine to work on and grow into full fledged stories!

No Excuses!

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20. HoHoDooDa

santa possum72HoHoDooDa! One of Santa’s little helpers.

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21. HoHoDooDa

1479069_10201531340097995_2103657095_nHoHoDooDa ~ My schedule says “No No No! My pencil says “yes, yes, yes! Persistant pencil….
Maybe a few in between packages, boxes and bags.

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22. SkADaMo 9 ~Zydeco


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23. SkADaMo 10 ~Beignet

beignet_RBaird1Bring yo self down fo summa dem Mathéo’s beignets an dat good café au lait!


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24. SkADaMo 12 ~

turtleInvite_RBaird1An invite for Clovis tortue!

Some quick character development sketches.

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25. SkADaMo 15 ~ Chatoui

possum mama_RBaird2Next she delivered an invite to Mrs. Piette chatoui!

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