Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sneaky Covers

 Covers are done and released for my latest book project, "That Sneaky Snake Sydney" by Bonnie Pehlke.

We are in the 11th hour and as we speak(I type) I am up late and finalizing files for printing so we can get this book approved, printed, shipped to us and kicked right back out the door to those who are smart enough to realize that they need to own, read, experience, and live their lives by this book...  OK, they just need to read it and realize what a great story Bonnie tells.

Above, I have the front cover, and below, is the back cover of the book.  That's right, when you hire me to draw your book, I not only do the front cover, but I do the back cover absolutely free of charge.

You guys should all go over to Bonnie's blog, at www.bonniepehlke.blogspot.com .  She is just getting it up and running and you can see her talk about her side of this book, her writing, her teaching, and her affinity for photographing the Green Lantern.

Another place worth visiting is the "Sneaky Snake Sydney" Facebook page.  Bonnie and I are updating over there pretty regularly as we approach the finish line on this project, and you can see what's happening specifically with this book over there.

Below are the drawings for these covers, before they were put in with the type and layout of the covers.




Thanks for checking in.  Please check out the Facebook page, Bonnie's blog, and our book, "That Sneaky Snake Sydney".

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ninja Cat!


This is my latest drawing called "Ninja Cat!"  It's inspired by our own cat, Django.  Django likes to sneak, prowl and hide around corners, then jump out and swat our dog in the nose before disappearing, so we got to calling him the Ninja Cat.  The joke grew from there (has it officially gone too far?)

I finished this up yesterday and made it available as a print and digital download this morning.  You can buy the print here in a variety of sizes.  It's a quality art print suitable for framing.

OR, you can buy the digital download here for just a few dollars.  It's a high-quality digital file that you can use as your desktop wallpaper, a file to view on your tablet or phone, part of your screensaver slideshow, OR you can take it and have your own print made.

This image is perfect for cat lovers, ninja lovers, fans of the absurd, or making into a giant poster that directly overlooks your child's bed so the Ninja Cat stares at them all night until they can actually feel the devious eyes of the feline assassin boring into them.  Top that off with the promise that if they misbehave, Django the Ninja Cat will visit them in their sleep, and you'll be on the Easy Street of child rearing.  (that's a free tip for all of you new parents out there)

Thanks for checking in and seeing my newest work.  I'm very proud of it and hope you enjoy it too.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Artist Round Table on Beyond the Playlist

Last Sunday evening,  I poured a cup of coffee, fired up my computation machine and an app called Skype(maybe you're heard of it) and was a guest on "Beyond the Playlist with J Hammond C" podcast.

Hammond was good enough to have me on as part of a round table discussion of artists, along with Alexandra Schoell, Don Kelly, and April Ness.  I was in great company.  The discussion that rolled off of that round table was a slice of fun and insanity that had us all laughing, nerding out about art supplies, patting each other on the back, and exploring how far we could push the line between appropriate and inappropriate jokes before Hammond would have to go in and edit for content.

A couple months earlier, Hammond gave us 5 topics for us to interpret and draw however we saw fit.  We are four artists with four distinct styles, so it was really great to see everyone's take on the topics and break them down and analyze them.  The topics and my takes on them are:

 "Dragon"


 "Happiness"


 "5-Character Superhero Team"


"Alien"


and "Self-Portrait"


These were just mine.  April, Alex, and Don all did excellent takes and had unique spins on these.  You can us carry on about all of them in the episode.

Thanks Hammond, Don, Alex, and April for a great time.  It was a lot of fun, and I am honored to be in the great artistic company of the Round Table...  it was a blast, let's do it again sometime!