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Over the past few years I have gotten pretty bad at updating and maintaining an online portfolio. On my website I have a dozen or so images and it’s a lot of work to update and change them and I’m not sure anyone cares anyway.

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I’ve slowly started to amass everything over on the new Adobe Portfolio site. Slowly…I realized that with a few projects, I have no idea where the art is. So much for the ease of digital asset management. I think one or two projects might just be gone – as in – deleted the files or had them on a back-up drive I erased thinking I had them elsewhere or were on the infamous dead drive where all the art from Earthling! lived.

So if you have a few extra minutes and you want to see what else I have been up to, check out the Adobe My Portfolio site.

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Wolf Dog?

We are coming up on the 4 month mark with our new dog Greta. She comes from rescue, so we can’t be sure of her age. Somewhere between 11 months and 16 months. I’d guess 14 months If I had to.

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She’s the most social dog I’ve ever had…well one of the most. Loves to meet every person and every dog. We are working on the whole sating chill when we see dogs in the park. Trying stop convince her she doesn’t have to run clear across the park to say hi.

Though she looks like a wild-wolf and more than one person has crossed the street when they see us, she’s very friendly and amazingly curious and alert. She simply goes the opposite direction when faced with aggressive dogs. One fellow path walker said, “…Your dog looks ferocious.” Yes she does, at times. But she’s just preparing to greet you with a big lick and sniff.  This is her ‘hide and romp’ pose in the long grass.

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It took a year for me to recover from losing our last dog. I just had no heart for it. But like many important things in life when the time is right, you know it.

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Great, Now We’ve Got Barbarians!

What’s this I see in the new Candlewick catalog?

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A book written by Jason Carter Eaton and illustrated by some kid named Mark Fearing. What a jerk that Mark is. Blah, blah, blah he goes on-and-on about drawing pictures. I hope he grows up and gets a real job someday.

Look for it next February. And yes, I WILL talk a LOT more about his come next year. It was a super fun book to illustrate.

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I am revising. I will revise. I have revised. I am revising.

Working on a new picture book. When I say new, I mean I wrote the original idea for it about 9 years ago. A publisher acquired it last year. I started working on it earlier this year. Now I’m revising art and making final decisions on how this book will work. It’s probably the most complex book artistically I have ever tackled. But it’s fun to work on. Man it’s fun. I have been sick the past few days but still stayed up late trying new things out.

I’m guessing in a week I will have all the final sketches signed off on. I’ve already painted two or three to make sure I know how it will develop from sketch to full color art. This book has a lot of big scenes with forests and busy landscapes. But drawing them traditionally makes them too busy and if it is too design oriented – well – I don’t do that style well. So I will need to problem solve.

Looking forward to sharing samples when the time comes. Until then – revise away!

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Playing around with color

I did this rough painting as part of the work I did for a CD cover. The CD/Album was called Almost Satisfied by Noah Hall & Whiskey Priest. (You can find it on iTunes.) This piece was never used.

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Anyway, I found this in a file full of old paintings. I like the attention getting composition and the line work atop something much more graduated in tone. I sometimes like to see a bit of ‘struggle’ in line work. I think it works here.

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Welcome Superhero Instruction Manual!

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BOOM! BAM! POWWWW! ZOOM!

Superhero Instruction Manual is available today! Stop by your local bookstore and DEMAND they order it for you. Or go online (Amazon) and find a copy. And make sure you order a few extra. So often I buy a brokenly to have it severely damaged by wind or rain or dogs or cats…book cats. So dangerous. So pick up a few (Barnes & Noble) extra copies.

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It’s a BAM-BOOM Good book!

 

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Mad Magazine

Organizing the bookshelves I came across a few of these ‘old things’. This is an excellent copy of Mad from September, 1956.

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Now, believe it or not, I am not a huge collector. I have friends who put me to shame. But this means a lot more to me than just a collector item. You’ll notice the black ink (no doubt it is Higgins) on the bottom of the cover. Well, my dad must have spilled ink on it. Of course he is a cartoonist and I find it a great added element to this magazine that he had this at his drawing board at some point just as I have a dozen books around my desk as I am working. He admires Jack Davis and the other Mad cartoonists just like any of us cartoonists.

And here’s one of the awesome interior spreads by Jack Davis.

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I know I have issue number one somewhere in a box around here, but I haven’t seen it in years. I almost wonder if it was in bad enough shape that it got tossed? Someday I’ll look for it.

One more thing – on the back cover is the news shop stamp. So we know where it was bought- St. Marie Cigar & News Co in St. Paul.

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