Return of the Jackelope – Step 3 – Transferring the Drawing and Underpainting

To transfer my sketch to the six foot tall canvas, I enlarged the drawing in Photoshop to the right dimensions and then divided it up and printed it in 11″ x 17″ panels. I taped them all together and then to the canvas. Next, using old fashioned carbon paper placed underneath the sketch, I traced … More Return of the Jackelope – Step 3 – Transferring the Drawing and Underpainting

Return of the Jackelope – Step 2 – The Sketches

This is the tight sketch I created for The Return of the Jackelope. I scanned into my computer the thumbnail sketch I thought worked best (as seen in the previous post) and enlarged it in Photoshop. I then reduced the output levels using the Levels adjustment, so that when I printed it out, the sketch … More Return of the Jackelope – Step 2 – The Sketches

I Got It Covered

One of my favorite types of illustration jobs is book covers. I’ve done several over the years and found them to be great gigs in several ways. At four to six weeks, the deadlines aren’t as frantic as the two to three day newspaper deadline, or as plodding as the children’s book six to nine … More I Got It Covered

Wiener Wolf Goes to School – The Author/Illustrator and School Visits

A really great aspect of making children’s books is getting to occasionally interact with the kids. This usually takes place in the form of a school visit. Shelley and I had started doing several school visits in Colorado, talking about our book Little Lions, Bull Baiters & Hunting Hounds. Then, once we moved to Austin, … More Wiener Wolf Goes to School – The Author/Illustrator and School Visits

Evolution of Goats – A New Illustration Style

I have written and created sample illustrations for a new picture book called The Rockabilly Goats Gruff. It’s the story of three southern, rock’n roll goats trying to get across the bayou to a gig they’re playing at the Shimmy Shack. However, under the bridge lurks a grumpy old troll who doesn’t like the ruckus … More Evolution of Goats – A New Illustration Style

Wiener Wolf Has a Howling Good Time at the Texas Book Festival

This past weekend was my first Texas Book Festival and it was smashing! I did a reading of WIENER WOLF in the Storytime Tent on Saturday and then a “Making Stories With Authors” children’s activity on Sunday, both followed by book signings. The rest of the time, I ran around trying to see as many … More Wiener Wolf Has a Howling Good Time at the Texas Book Festival

Harness Horses, Bucking Broncos & Pit Ponies launch party!

This past weekend, Shelley and I celebrated the release of our latest book, Harness Horses, Bucking Broncos, and Pit Ponies: A History of Horse Breeds. We held a launch party in south Austin at Bethany Hegedus’s Writing Barn on Sunday afternoon. We had a great turnout and sold and signed many prints and books. There … More Harness Horses, Bucking Broncos & Pit Ponies launch party!

TLA vs. IRA

I just got back from the International Reading Association conference in Orlando, FL. I went there as a guest of Highlights, who flew me out and put me up in a hotel so that I could sign copies of the poster I illustrated for them. Every year, especially for the IRA annual gathering, they commission … More TLA vs. IRA