March 1 is the exciting day! In The Wind is released. Here is my third and final speedpainting recording that I did from the book. You can see the other two paintings on these posts. Cover Speedpaint Interior Speedpaint 1 And you can buy the book by following this link.
Last week I posted the speed paint cover for in the wind. This week you get to see on of the interior paintings being painted. Then next week I have one more interior. This is the opening scene in the book where the girl and her mom are about to go off on their kite-flying adventure.
As a kid I loved Goodbumps, Bunnicula and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark which are all great series of scary stories for reluctant readers, but what else is there? This Halloween don’t miss some of these other fun ghost stories for middle graders. Wait Till Helen Comes: A Gho
I recently had had so much fun creating a short story called Princess and Dragon. But my love for dragon stories started years ago. Here are six of my favorites. Dealing with Dragons: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book One by Patricia C. Wrede This book is classic in my mind. I st
About a month ago we held our annual SCBWI illustrators conference here in Salt Lake. One of our Speakers was Kristyn Crow the author of Zombelina. I had never taken the time to read Zombelina before but Kristyn’s talk on creating a great story, as well as the fact that it̵
Far Far Away by Tom Mcneal When I get a great book to listen to while I have a deadline it’s like bum glue. I just have to sit and work because I need to find out what happens in the book. I felt like that with this book. It’s a story told from the point of view of Jacob G
By Tom Bancroft I am always looking for ways to create better characters. Most of the time it feels like my successful characters are an accident. I don’t really know how I got where I wanted to get. For the last couple years I’ve been piecing together a character design
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is my Favorite Book I just listened to it again as I was working on the illustrations for the Just in time Series. I think it’s the second time I’ve read it since the first time I read it a couple years ago. (that makes three times all toget
So as I’ve said before I really like listening to recorded books whilst I’m drawing. The best books are the ones that I just can’t stop listening to and thus I have to keep working so I can find out what happens. Receently I had that experience with Strands of Bronze
Little Red Cap By the Brother’s Grimm Illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger ‘m recommending this book to you so you can gaze longingly at the illustrations and think about how much better you life would be if you could create stuff as cool as Lisbeth Zwerger. That’s what I
Splendors and Glooms By Laura Amy Schlitz Read by Davina Porter lara Wintermute is lonely. One day in the park she sees the marionettes of Gaspare Grisini. She is enchanted and decides she want’s them to perform at her birthday party. She also want to be friends with Lizzie Ro
Leviathan By Scott Westerfeld Illustrated By Keith Thompson lek is a prince on the run from his own people. Deryn is a girl disguised as a boy serving in the British air service. Both of them end up on the Leviathan, a British air ship that’s actually a giant floating whale, uh,
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick By Christ Van Allsburg his book has been around a while and some of you probably had to do some kind of storytelling assignment in school centered around it. Don’t let this stop you from seeing how cool it is. It’s a wordless picture book wh
Bleak House By Charles Dickens on’t let the name fool you. Bleak House in my mind is kind of a happy book… Okay, maybe I am exaggerating a little it’s certainly got it’s fare share of Dickensian dark undertones including a fun little murder mystery and a person
Hey blog reading friends. Today I just wanted to recommend this book/audiobook to you. Why recommend it on a blog about illustration? Well, when I’m painting or drawing I love to turn on a fun audiobook. This book is for younger readers but I really enjoyed it, twice. A Drowned