Friday, October 24, 2014

The Cars Have Eyes - Illustrations and Process

"In the dark woods"

"Hiding out"

The process of 
how I get there:

I start out with sketching on paper with pencil

I do some digital sketching in Photoshop and clean up some drawings. While drawing these cars I looked at some real cars to see if my memory had missed anything major. I also have these kinds of thoughts: "I don't know if the mirrors are necessary because the eyes are on the hood . . but if I start thinking like that then what are the seats for? I'll keep the mirrors. What about an engine? Can I have a tongue instead of an engine? Maybe I should go with for an old VW Beetle with the engine in the back? No. It's a cartoon. No one's going to question it."

Before I start work on the final image, I draw little sketches to figure out a composition (here are only a few of the sketches - these can be in pencil or drawn on the computer). I think about things like what angle we are viewing the scene from and what the story needs to show. If this is for a picture book I also think about where the text will be. I then look at pictures of things that will be in the image. These pictures might be of woods and trees and wolves to get the feeling of what they should look like before I draw cartoony versions. If the real thing is easily looked at, I might just look out the window at a car or a tree. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014


Some characters I designed for a project a while ago

Hershey project

A while ago I work with the Jim Henson Company. While there I designed characters for the Hershey company for an animated video in the Hershey park.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Turnarounds and things

Some various turnarounds and such 

Saturday, December 29, 2012


This looks like the neighborhood where my parents live.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Card

This year's Christmas Card. I like to think that Santa's elves live in 
gingerbread houses and travel by tube.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Digitally painted in Photoshop

Friday, August 24, 2012

Jimmy Brass

Jimmy Brass, 2nd Grade Detective is an all ages comic book written by Jake Dickerman and illustrated by Jason Pruett.

Jimmy Brass solves mysteries for a dollar a day. He often gets into trouble and needs his kindergardener bodyguard, Opal, to watch his back.

A page from issue 3 

Some sketches and height guides. You can see what Jimmy Brass might have looked like.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

6 kids

Here's an ink and watercolor piece on social hierarchy.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Underwater Kitchen

ink and watercolor.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Friday, July 6, 2012

Friday, June 29, 2012

items for a video game

I designed the environments for a video game.
Here are some of the items for the jungle level. 
Digitally painted in Photoshop.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Fingerprint Presidents Poster

all 44 presidents (well . . 43, really . . the White House counts Grover Cleveland twice). 
You can find this poster on -

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Presidents book now on iPad!

My Presidents book is now available for the iPad. Only 99 cents! Check it out here.

Saturday, January 8, 2011