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I am fascinated by the world of quantum physics and I love a good science fiction story so when my friend sent this article to me today I was thrilled to find out that, yeah, reality ain’t nothing until we observe/measure it.

The article looks at an experiment that seems to confirm some of the more unselling aspects of the universe.

From Deep Stuff’s since news: “The bizarre nature of reality as laid out by quantum theory has survived another test, with scientists performing a famous experiment and proving that reality does not exist until it is measured.”

After reading the article I thought about how humans seem to have known this and have expressed it in art and literature for a long time. In fact, perhaps art is a human undertaking that acknowledges this fact in subtle and not so subtle ways.


Sample page from online illustrated short story.

I illustrated a favorite Franz Kafka short story a few years back. It’s called, A Common Experience Resulting in A Common Confusion. Have a look. It’ll only take a minute to read.

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Look what I found! A bunch of 26 x 18 posters on my doorstep. It’s a fine message – but in the photo of the poster above you can hardly make out the little figure in the upper left who is busy reading (see close-up below).closeup.

Ahhhh, no it makes sense!

It’s a painting of mine I had started a long while ago, then I had an opportunity to design a poster – quickly. And I thought this worked.

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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.


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 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.


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Only a week or so left before Tommy Can’t Stop hits book stores and libraries! Find a copy at a local bookseller (using Indie Bound can help!) or you can order it at Barnes & Noble or Amazon.

What’s the book about? Here’s the official description:

Tommy bounces, and he leaps. Tommy clomps, and he bulldozes. Nothing tires Tommy out, and his family can’t keep up! But then his sister has an idea: could tap class be just right for Tommy?

This exuberant picture book, written by Broadway dancer Tim Federle, with illustrations by Mark Fearing, stars one very energetic kid who finally finds his place in the spotlight.


Tommy can’t Stop was written by Tim Federle and illustrated by me. You can read more about the book at my website.

I’ll be posting some art from the book as I dance my way towards the release day. I’ll be dancing around the house, on the front porch, in the aisles at the grocery store … I have a lot of dancing to do before April 14th!


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Mark’s Neighborhood. I meet different folks every day of the week. Generally a happy lot. But it’s a bit different ’round here.


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Yeah, it’s one of those posts – all about me. Anyway, The folks at Sub It Club (a fine blog to follow if you are into publishing or writing or need help getting through those rejection letters and emails we all get from editors and art directors!) called me up (well, emailed me) and asked if I would partake in an interview. Said interview was done and it’s posted now. Apparently I talked too much (no surprise there…my teacher taped my mouth shut in first grade)  so the interview is in two chunks. A double chunk interview. Yum! Served with whip cream and cherries I hope.


I talk about the self promotion I have attempted to do and about my current projects and such.

Sub It Club has a ton of useful info and posts about submitting work to publishers and interviews with lots of artists on how they make their way in the world of being freelancers.


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