The Last 4 Years

4 years ago I doodled a cute little vampire boy in my sketchbook. Since that first little drawing, Harold the vampire: -has starred in his own all-ages graphic novel (Upside Down: A Vampire Tale) -is in another upcoming Upside Down book (that’s right!) -has sparked the creation of 3 other Halloween-themed children’s books: Rumpus on … Continue reading

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PIPPI LONGSTOCKING FAN ART

I’ve fallen head over feet for Pippi Longstocking. Will somebody please pay me to make a graphic novel of this girl? Pretty please?!    

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HOW TO MAKE A GRAPHIC NOVEL (2/7)

(Continued from Part 1) HOW DOES A COMIC WORK? One of the big questions we are asking in class is “how does a comic work?” Of course we want to know what a comic is and how to make one, but we’re doing so from the inside-out. We’re taking it apart to understand it. For … Continue reading

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DRAWINGS FROM MY SKETCHBOOK

A few pages from my sketchbook. I love exploring the qualities of graphite and ink together–a fine pair, don’t you think?

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Earthworm Jim Sketchbook

One of my biggest influences in drawing, comics and storytelling is a creative force known as Doug TenNapel. Doug has created video games, animated tv shows, and graphic novels, not to mention one of the world’s most beloved characters: Earthworm Jim. I’ve been following Doug’s work for 16 years now, and own all of his … Continue reading

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Characters From My Book: Professor Adams

Yesterday I approved the proof of Upside Down: A Vampire Tale with Top Shelf and the printer, and the book has been sent to press! Exciting! With just 39 days until October arrives, I’m finding that there is still a lot of work to be done. While we wait, I thought I’d share some more about … Continue reading

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A PRICELESS SKETCHBOOK

(reposted from Doodler’s Anonymous) The ideas, doodles and concepts drawn in sketchbooks can often breed some of the most exceptional and lasting things. It’s the way Doodlers Anonymous was thought up and believe it or not, it’s also the way many of the icons and fonts on the Apple Mac were originally devised. In 1982, Susan Kare, a … Continue reading

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QUENTIN BLAKE DRAWING & INTERVIEW

I love Quentin Blake’s drawings. Ever since the first grade, I’ve devoured his illustrations and stories. It’s so exciting for me as an adult to be able to pull up interviews with him and watch videos of him drawing nearly any time I’d like. I recently came across these two interviews, that include footage of him … Continue reading

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ELEPHANT DRAWINGS

My wife’s favorite animal is the elephant, so over the last ten years I’ve drawn a lot of ’em. I thought it would be fun to pull some of them out of hiding and see how they all look together. This is a page from last week’s sketchbook:

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MORE SKETCHES

Drawing is the best. It’s my first love and I’m always trying to squeeze in a few more doodles. Who needs sleep when you can draw?! It’s just as important for me to draw just to mess around and play as it is for me to develop drawings and concepts for projects. If it wasn’t … Continue reading

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