Woah has it really been over a year since my last post at CA!!
Much has happened, but first I want to thank so many of y'all for coming out to vote in 2009 to get my children's book 'JUMP!' into a million Cheerios cereal boxes! It was a crazy feat and I think you can even still find it on the shelf out there!
Now on to some art! This is probably my favorite fantasy painting of the last year. It is a magic card and all digital. Big nod to Hokusai on this for sure!
Then we got into some novel covers. I think this one got the most attention. It is a hybrid piece on watercolor paper for the Wheel of Time series. I have been getting into water media lately and this has watercolor and acryla gouache on it.
This is a fun one in a series for TOR called Above His Proper Station. It is all digital with real world textures applied.
This is the third in a series for Penguin. The novel is called Kill Box by Anne Aguirre.
This isn't really a cover, but it was my contribution to the STARWARS: Visions book. Always wanted to paint a female Stormtrooper! This is an oil hybrid on canvas.
I did some concepting for the TRON game. Man this was a blast to work on! And the team up in Canada were nothing short of fantastic!
I love concepting and would like to make more time for it. In fact if anyone is looking for a hired gun in late fall, feel free to give me a shout. There might be a window.
If you know my prior concept art it is usually a lot looser, but for Tron I wanted to up the fidelity on the finishes.
The highlight for me was redesigning the main Player character. Sadly we didn't have enough time before the street date to get him in the game.
I enjoyed the thumbnail stage. They pretty much let me go crazy.
So if you know my stuff you know I wear many different hats. One of the hats I LOVE to wear is doing art for little kids. (And big little kids, like me!)
My latest children's book just came out last week. Called Lottie Paris Lives Here (written by Angela Johnson) This book was pure joy to work on. No digital in this one. All acryla gouache applied with anything I could get my hands on. Brayers, Brushes, Stamps, Linocut, foamies, sandpaper, fabric- you name it. I went nuts and risked more than I ever have artistically. But I hoped the slick colored line I put on top of everything would pull it all together!
So stylistically this got me thinking about trying this look on something a little older. So I experimented! (Again all traditional.)
Did a couple things for Charity auctions! (I was a Skaterat in the 80's!)
Had some fun teaching at the Illustration Master Class! And can't wait to do so again next year. (Thanks to those of you who attend!) Here was an experiment I did with a thin oil wash technique. Must play more with this!
Finally I had another book just come out for the Middle Reader genre (Chapter book) It is a series called 'Scary School', written by Derek the Ghost (who is actually Derek Kent) What a total riot to work on! Don't know that I have ever had more fun on a book. Each has a color cover and 50+ ball point pen drawings inside!
And with that I will give your peepers a rest! Hope you guys dig!