Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Things in the works.

Finishing up the paintings for a new book with the fine folks at Charlesbridge. I won't tell you what it's about yet, but it is written by Darrin Lunde and it does not prominently feature giraffes at any point in its 32 pages.

In other news, it looks like Fab Four Friends, written by Susanna Reich, is just about ready to print. To be published by Christy Ottaviano's eponymous imprint at Holt, it tells compelling story about the early days of an obscure British pop group that you've probably never heard of.


The latest installment in Bill Harley's Charlie Bumpers series is out from Peachtree Publishers, Charlie Bumpers vs. The Really Nice Gnome.

I recommend you get caught up before this one comes out in Fall.

And lastly, it looks like we're in the home stretch of the road to release for Rock & Roll Highway: the Robbie Robertson Story, written by Sebastian Robertson for Christy Ottaviano Books. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Young love, the Iron Curtain, and Zelyonka.

Perhaps this will require a Wikipedia link.

Some new paintings, appearing in an upcoming issue of Cricket Magazine.

Oil on paper, various sizes. 2013.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Who's going to Vegas?

These guys.

To take part in the Vegas Valley Book Festival exhibition, "Imaginings through Illustrations."

I'll be there, too, appearing in the company of this humbling list of high falootin' literary types. 

Friday, September 6, 2013

John in the John

From Susanna Reich's forthcoming picture book, "Fab Four Friends," due out in 2014 from Christy Ottaviano Books. Oil on paper, 2013.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Rock and Roll Highway: The Robbie Robertson Story

One of the great joys of children's book illustration is, of course, the secrecy.

I don't know about you, but I'm terrible at keeping secrets. This isn't to say I can't keep them, it's more that I'm not smooth in any way about keeping them. My poker face is terrible, and I wander around my day twitching a mumbling, and generally feeling like a pinless grenade.

In the case of picture books, there's this six month to year long period of planning, drawing, and painting during which (near) radio silence is customarily reserved, followed by another year before the book in question hits the shelves, real three dimensional inventoried shelves or futuristic/imaginary cybershelves. This quiet time leaves plenty of room for hand wringing, regrets, quiet self defeatism and the occasional brag-that-never-can-be.

Since I'm in the middle of one those such projects right now, it gives me great pleasure to break the previous year's silence and mention this biography of Robbie Robertson I finished illustrating a few months back, penned by his son Sebastian Robertson and set for publication by the great Christie Ottaviano's eponymous imprint of HOLT.

It won't be hitting those previously mentioned shelves till Fall of 2014, but there's no harm in pre-ordering...

Here's another glimpse or two.

oil on paper, various sizes