This was intended to be a quick warm-up sketch, but I got carried away and made it a full color self portrait that is a shockingly accurate portrayal of my day-to-day life...
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
We're coming up on the end of the year and it turns out that I did not get a book of my own done this year, as I had hoped. The bright side of this is that it didn't happen because I've been busy with freelance work instead. This year, I've worked on 3 books and they should all be wrapped up by the end of the year.
"The Pirates of Negativity" is a short poem book by Frank Jean that features some of the artwork I'm showing here. It's a fun read for kids about being positive and it was a lot of fun to work on. Frank let me have a lot of say in creating the characters for this book and it turned into a great experience.
Below is artwork from Makenzie Lawrey's book about her brother and Mitochondrial Disease that I talked about last month. This one is probably my favorite drawing for that book that I've done so far. Yeah, it looks kinda weird, and it probably is, but it makes sense in the context of the book. Makenzie writes some cool metaphors that are fun to draw!
I'm under NDA for the third book, so I can't discuss that or show any artwork from it now. It's been a long ongoing project for most of the year, and it'll be good to have it wrapped up soon.
Thanks for checking in.
Monday, November 11, 2013
If' you've been following my blog for awhile, you probably remember the work I did with Gavin this past spring. If not, you can read about it here. In short, Gavin is a 6-year-old pile of awesome who has spent most of his life fighting Mitochondrial Disease. He created himself as a superhero named Mito Action G and I drew it for him. We did this as a fundraising tool, and also as a fun thing for Gavin... and me.
Now, Gavin's 9-year-old sister Makenzie has written a book about Mitochondrial Disease, her brother, and the way their family deals with it. She's doing this book as part of a fundraising effort she is spearheading to try to raise $1 million to help fund research for a cure for Mito. It is an exceptionally written book, to the point that I have to remind myself when reading it that it is written by a 9-year-old. It is able to explain what Mitochondrial Disease is in terms that are easy to understand, and it gives you a chance to know real people who deal with it and how it affects them.
I offered to contribute illustrations to the book if needed, and I am very proud and happy that Makenzie welcomed me to the project. It is a great project to be a part of and I couldn't be more excited about it. The work I've done with Gavin and Kenzie's family is some of the most rewarding work I've done of any kind for anyone at anytime in my life. It is a big privilege to work with these exceptional kids.
If you'd like to help out the Lawrey family there are many ways to do it:
You can buy Photos Taken By Gavin
(proceeds from those items benefit the Lawreys)