Category Archives: illustration

Not So Happy Presidents

Here is a postcard I sent out as a marketing card years ago. But there are always new readers here so maybe you haven’t seen it before. Happy P Day!     See more of my work at Mark

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Something strange in the sky

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My first picture book, inspired by the movie Jaws?

I suspect the black marker treatment was added long after I had finished the book. This is the first book I remember making. I have a fairly clear memory of writing and drawing this on the front porch during the summer. Of course, … Continue reading

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Not the right barbarians

Once a book is finished all my digital art files – get filed. I archive them and usually throw out all of the older drawings and roughs. With Great, Now We’ve Got Barbarians I had about 50GB of files. Which is … Continue reading

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Revisions. It’s been said here before and I’ll say it again in the future that revisions are a big part of your job if you are working in the commercial arts. There is an illusion that while working on a book you … Continue reading

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A mysterious knock on the front door on a dreary winter’s day

Once again, a mysterious knock on the door. A box was left in the cold light of winter. For me?   Yes. From an oddly named conglomerate featuring random penguins. Just as I’m about to open the box a visitor … Continue reading

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“Pick one and get it done.”

This post is about how you get something done. And that does sound silly now that I commit it to the screen. But it’s a big issue. I have three projects right now and they are all fighting it out in … Continue reading

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