Monday, January 31, 2011

From the Sketchbook

I always seem to see this woman and her dog at the same place and time once a week as I'm driving by. I took artistic license with the matching pants and doggy coat.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Ape on the Moon Tutorials

I recently listened to an interesting interview with illustrator Alex Mathers on the Escape from Illustrations Island podcast. (If you don't already know about EFII, it's a fantastic resource for all kinds of inspirational and instructional info.) Mathers is a very enterprising fellow, with lots of pots on the burners. Among them is Ape on the Moon, a website devoted to contemporary visuals arts. Among the many great facets of this site is a collection of tutorials. Have I mentioned what a sucker I am for tutorials? I highly recommend the Bigfoot Poster Tutorial. Very cool.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Sketchbook Project - Finished!

Just in the nick of time, I've finished my Sketchbook. Some of you may have seen my earlier post explaining The Sketchbook Project and my plan for my submission. Basically, I enlisted the help of a first grade class to come up with ideas for the theme "In Five Minutes..." You can see my sketchbook online here. I had a great time experimenting with different media, and when I brought it in to show the kids last Friday, they were so excited! What a fun group they were to work with.

I can't wait to see the whole collection when The Sketchbook Project Tour comes to Chicago! All 28,000 sketchbooks will be on display at the Hyde Park Art Center from July 14 - 17. So be there or be square!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy New Year!

The new year is like a gift, waiting to be opened. Will it be just what I always wanted? I hope so. Speaking of New Year's, my agent, Nicole Tugeau, has made a resolution to keep the T2 blog more active this year, and one way she's doing that is by interviewing her illustrators, starting with me! You can read my answers to her five questions here.