A Font is Born

Last year I sketched out the idea for a typeface that I wanted to make into a font (the first photo here). I did it while I was on breaks at work, so it took a while to finish. I’ve kept “Make that typeface into a font already” on my To-Do list for a long, long time. Well, yesterday was …

Girls v. Boys

This bothers me. I received an ad in the mail the other day, and was a little disappointed with the back page. That page was for kid’s clothes, and at first glance I doubt most people would see anything wrong with it. I did. This is what I’ve had to contend with my entire life. I wanted to go outside …

My love letter to Spammers

I seem to be attracting spammers with the update of my website, so I’ve gone through it page by page and separated all my email references from the mailto links that made them so convenient. Every. Single. Page. Spammers suck. And, they think I’m stupid. So, to try to avoid further junk clogging my inbox, I’ve changed every email address …

Baughman Trail hike

Rule #1: Get away from work once in a while to keep the creative juices moving. Rule #2: See Rule #1.

I guess Adobe didn’t like my business

It’s hard to verbalize the disappointment I’m feeling from yesterday’s announcement from Adobe. The company has decided that, starting with their latest release in June, their programs (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Acrobat to name a few) will be rent-only. Meaning, you pay the rental fee every month ($49.99 if you pay for an entire year up front), and as soon …

Twisted: Vol. 2

Hey. Guess what. I went and drew something new for Twisted: Tales to Rot Your Brain Vol. 2, and here it is: It felt good getting back into it. I’ve been busy writing a novel for over a year now, and any kind of writing or illustrating for Twisted has taken a bit of a backseat. This illustration is page …

Reacquainting myself with figure drawing

It’s been about ten years since I did some serious figure drawing, and I’ve been inspired lately to reacquaint myself with the whole process. This drawing was one I had started all those years ago and never finished. It’s hard pastel on pastel paper. I like the light color on the darker paper, but I’m not sure so much about …

Creatures & Such

It looks like I’m sort of continuing on with my monsters/robots/creatures doodles, so here’s the next page. It doesn’t feel like I’m finished with it yet, but I think the more I work on it, the worse I make it. Maybe it needs to be finished now whether I like it or not.

Robots and Monsters

Another page from my visual journal. I started with the idea of robots and robot parts, and it quickly evolved into funky creatures in general. I like the idea of robots and monsters as subjects because anything goes. That might be the same reason they’re so hard for me. Too many possibilities for my little brain to sift through. That’s …

The Monster Under My Bed

I figure the first step in making friends with the monster under my bed is to identify it. I’m still trying to figure out what it looks like, but here’s a page I drew of ideas a couple of nights ago.

I finally met #ShaunTan (happy, happy dance)

In case you’re new here, the one thing I can tell you about me is, I can’t get enough of Shaun Tan. I had never been to a national SCBWI conference before the one that just happened in New York, and all it took for me to get there was to see Shaun Tan‘s name on the keynote speaker list. …

The @BrothersHilts: Illustrators I Greatly Admire: Exhibit F

The Brothers Hilts (with an “s” at the end, and not because there are two of them)   Last fall sometime (I’m figuring around Halloween because that’s when Ben and Sean told me Barnes and Noble featured their book in displays for the holiday) I picked up a copy of The Insomniacs, written by Karina Wolf and illustrated by The …