Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Certain Points Of View

I'm deep into working on the final art for Lucy & Andy Neanderthal book 3, but found time to contribute to the From A Certain Point Of View Star Wars anthology.
Head over to starwars.com to get a complete step-by-step look into the process behind making the piece!
And this just in, I was interviewed over at the Threadless blog for their podcast, which focuses on process and creativity. So you can listen to that, too!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Research and Inspiration

Here's a few bits of research and inspiration for my Lucy & Andy Neanderthal series. The Geno 2.0 box is from National Geographic's Genographic project, which I used to learn that I have 2.2% Neanderthal DNA. The Neanderthals Art & Science Kit included a skeleton (which I assembled and set on the bookshelf in my studio office) and a plaster mold to cast a Neanderthal face (which is still in the box). There's a fossil of an echinoderm - which is a plant - but I like to think of it as some kind of strange, alien being. I got the souvenir woolly mammoth tusk and hair set, but also have a woolly mammoth card (with an actual piece of  mammoth tusk) from Upper Deck's Champs Hockey Cards. From the same set I got the Neanderthal base card and a Neanderthal flint stone knife artifact. From Gibraltar, a one pound coin that commemorated the discovery of Neanderthal bones. A birthday card I got last year, and the prehistoric themed story cubes. And of course, an actual stone knife found in France (not by me) from circa 25,000-30,000 years ago. At that age it may have been used by early humans and not Neanderthals, but still makes for a great connection to the past.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Wake Up And Draw Day

To celebrate Jack Kirby's birthday, the Hero Initiative has artists draw today and then will auction the artwork off later. I drew Andy from my Lucy & Andy Neanderthal series, since book two - The Stone Cold Age - comes out tomorrow. And if you're in Chicago, you can come to the official release party at the Book Cellar tomorrow night (Tuesday August 29, at 6PM).
*UPDATE* My piece is up for auction to benefit Hero Initiative now!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Pre-Order now!

The Darth Vader and Family Coloring Book is available for pre-order now from Chronicle Books - and if you're quick you can get the limited edition pencil case with it. The book will be out March 28. Now it's back to drawing Neanderthals for me!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Coloring Wars!

If you're like me, you've enjoyed making hundreds of Star Wars drawings and coloring them in over the years. But what if you don't like drawing Star Wars, and you just want to do the coloring? You'll finally be able to with the Darth Vader and Family Coloring book, coming out March 28! Available from places like Amazon.comBarnes & Noble, and your local independent bookstore for $14.95. There are pages from the Vader and Son series of books to color along with brand new images. And no, this is not one of those "adult" coloring books, but it's not a kids coloring book either, so everyone in the family can enjoy! Except maybe your pet Loth-Cats. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Lucy & Andy Neanderthal

Back in 2010 I had the idea of doing a fun caveman series that was grounded in all the exciting new research about Neanderthals I was seeing. The idea got shelved at the time, but when I was wrapping up my last Jedi Academy book, I thought it would be the perfect series to work on next. It took a couple years, a ton of reading, three rough drafts plus the final artwork - and the first book finally comes out today. Here's a look at some of the first sample pages and sketches I did for the project while figuring out exactly how to make the characters look and ways to include a little information along with the humor of the story.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

One year later, everything has Incredible Changed! *UPDATED*

UPDATE! So, the initial Kickstarter wasn't going to meet its goal, so Chris and Drawn Word have re-launched with a more modest campaign - it's a smaller base card set but you can still get the extra-cool cards on the new Change-Bots cards Kickstarter. See, this is where ambition will get you: somewhere almost as cool as you wanted to get in the first place. Pretty much indistinguishably cool in the grand scheme of things.

So it seems fitting that this post comes almost a year to the day since my last post. I think I've established myself as not a blogger, just someone who has a blog. I'm coming out of an intense work year, which I'll hopefully be posting more about in the coming months, but for now I'd like to direct your attention to the Incredible Change-Bots trading card kickstarter. I've always loved trading cards, from the old Topps Star Wars sets to the digital trading card apps like Kitten Cards, so when my friend Christopher Irving invited me to maybe draw something for the Madman card set he was working, I said "no, I've got an intense work year I'm dealing with." Then he asked me how I felt about maybe doing some Incredible Change-Bots cards sometime, and I said "awesome(bots)! "There's not much time left, and I'm sure we'll make this happen in some form, but check out these incredible prototype fancy cards! The pictures don't do them justice, so you'll have to pledge to get the full effect, unfortunately...

Okay, back to work, everyone.