Repurposed an old drawing in celebration of The Big Day.

iPad sketches

A couple more sketches I did on my iPad. I’m switching to a new app for a week or two today. These were drawn in Sketch Club with the 53 pencil.

The black and white Is a typical quick character study. The color one is a painting that includes a bunch of my favorite things – textures that build mass, simple shapes that imply volume and light and of course a character that conveys some narrative.

I’m learning to like drawing on the iPad.



Another question card, this time from Jacob.

“I want to know how you came up with the Great Wall of Butts.”

– Jacob

You know, I seem to be known for that now. I get asked this at every school visit. For those readers who don’t know, the Great Wall of Butts appears in the best Thanksgiving picture book ever written and illustrated – The Great Thanksgiving Escape. 


I came up with the idea of that scene in the book when thinking about the Thanksgivings when I was a kid. Most of the adults usually watched TV at some point (The Vikings no doubt.) and if you were a kid, what view of the world did you end up with? Not much of one! So I guess it’s an idea inspired directly from being a kid.

And so the secret of the Great Wall of Butts is revealed.

It’s almost here!!!



“I want to know how you became an illustrator?”

– Wyatt

I always enjoyed drawing. But I always felt like I wasn’t as good as other illustrators. And that’s tough for many young illustrators. We tend to have a bit of hero-worship in our constitutions. Because of this I had many other jobs that let me work creatively and in design, but I wasn’t drawing and writing full-time.

But I kept drawing, because I enjoy it. Even on my worse days I enjoy drawing and making up stories. I do it all the time. Even when I worked on gameshows or at advertising agencies I was drawing pictures and writing stories. So I suppose it’s no surprise that I do that full-time now.

So the best answer to the question of how I became an illustrator is that I just kept drawing. And the only way to get better at drawing, is to do another drawing.

Travel sketches

 I’m doing a bit of sketching on my iPad during my travels. Below are a few. These were done with the 53 pencil and an Adonit Jot in the Sketch Club App. Only the top one, Mr. Poe, is of a real person. The others are just doodles.



Real questions from real students who have taken the time to turn in question cards during my school visits.

“I want to know if you could make a book about Mrs. Hartley’s class.”

From, Parker.


I have to say, a book about Mr.s Parker’s class would be awesome! But I think you are the best one to write and illustrate that book Parker.

I’m always inspired by my school visits. And I see lots of kids working on books and comic strips and even video games inspired by their friends, teachers and schools. When I was in Jr. High I did a comic book and my dad helped me make photocopies of it. I sold a few in school and gave even more away. The spelling was a bit rough, but it’s fair to say that was my first series of books.

So Parker, i expect you can start writing and drawing and get a pretty good book done before the end of the school year. I look forward to reading it!



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