February 3rd, 2014
On February 1 of every year, comic artists around the world participate in Hourly Comic Day, where we record our happenings throughout the day. This is the third year I’ve done it. You can see 2012 and 2013 here and here.
Here’s my comic for this year. Enjoy! (Warning: VERY rough drawings!)
December 31st, 2013
Art I Made
Some of my favorite personal art moments:
I completed a personal project and published a sketchbook.
I particularly liked my Hourly Comic Day from this year:
And I had a lot of fun during INKtober.
Plus you can now wear my art on a Star Trek t-shirt!
The best of the rest
Stuff I Wrote
Advice for New Illustrators and Art School Graduates
Managing Time and Being More Productive as a Creative Professional
How to Find an Illustrator For Your Picture Book, Part 2
And I started a new website specifically for iPad art related reviews and questions.
I had several books released!
Monsters Vs. Kittens
Monsters Vs. Kittens is my first authored/illustrated children’s picture book. It was released as the first title for the new publishing company Stan Lee’s Kids Universe. Yes, THAT Stan Lee, of Spiderman and lots of other comics and movie cameo fame.
Because the book and company launched at the same time, I got to see lots of fun things surrounding MVK, such as this cool video of Stan Lee reading the book to a roomful of kids.
Once Upon a Time There Was a Pig
Once Upon A Time There Was A Pig is my second picture book, also published by SLKU. It was released just recently in paperback and digital formats.
iPad For Artists
And on a completely different note, I wrote an instructional book about drawing on the iPad called iPad For Artists. It was published by Ilex Press early this year. It has achieved pretty good sales and feedback. I started up a new website where I can continue to share tips and reviews about making art on the iPad at ipadforartists.com.
I went to MeCAF and Kids Read Comics.
My comic My Sister the Freak won an award for Favorite Webcomic! Here’s the video of the ceremony (my category is 21 minutes in):
I also got my first magazine cover published!
If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, I think it is no secret that I am in love with this movie. Music. Art. Sisters. Feels. Yup.
Here’s the rest of my top 5. Go see them!
Saving Mr. Banks
Thor: The Dark World
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Shamefully, I am dreadfully behind on my reading. So many great books came out this year, but a lot of them are still on my shelf waiting. However, I did read…
Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen
A fun story about teens, robots, and evil cheerleaders. Plus there’s stellar art by Faith Erin Hicks.
United We Spy by Ally Carter
This is the last book in the Gallagher Girls series. I was sad to see the series end this year, but was happy for this book. If you haven’t read them, it is a fun series about a secret spy school for girls. I am ever in favor of all books that feature independent kick-butt leading girl characters, and this has got plenty of them.
Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth
These did not come out this year, but the third book Allegiant did. I haven’t read Allegiant yet, but I thoroughly enjoyed the first two and am looking forward to the Divergent movie in 2014.
And a couple older titles I just got to:
Giants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado
Ok, this is not THAT old (released in 2012). It is very very funny with gorgeous art and awesome characters you will love as soon as you start reading.
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
This book came out ten years ago. My sister made me read it this year. It is probably one of my favorite books ever now.
What did you enjoy this year?
I include these lists not just for the fun of it. As someone who is in the business of creating, making art, and telling stories, I want to encourage others to support those who are out there doing it too and doing it well. Go watch/read/buy these super things, and encourage your friends too!
Up Ahead for 2014
Remember my Little Women Graphic Novel Project? It kinda went on the backburner this year, but it has not disappeared. Look forward to more March sisters in 2014.
I am deep in the trenches of a new as-of-yet-unannounced picture book. If all goes well, you should see that released in 2014.
I illustrated a couple readers for Simon & Schuster that will be released in March. There are page previews up on Amazon right now.
Do Not Open! on Amazon
The One-Eyed People Eater on Amazon
Looking back at 2013, I got a lot done and hit a lot of milestones. For 2014 I’m hoping to get back into comics and writing. Besides making slow progress on my webcomic, and getting a sketchbook published at the end of the year, I didn’t do a lot in 2013 on this front. I got a lot of freelance work this year, which is a good thing, but it will be good to get back in the habit of more personal projects and original work.
Hope to bring you lots in 2014! As always, thanks for reading.
December 11th, 2013
I’m happy to announce my latest finished personal project SUMMER WONDER. It is a series of illustrations, plus sketchbook.
The project was born during the Art of Personal Projects course that I took over the summer, put on by the Lamp Post Guild and taught by Cory Godbey. The class was a huge inspiration and fun to participate in. Thanks for the great class LPG!
I was excited to experiment with different subjects and media. I used a combination of gouache and digital techniques to do the paintings. I explained a lot of the process in my previous sneak peek blog post. I’m really pleased with the results!
Check out the project!
VIEW THE FULL SERIES
BUY THE PDF SKETCHBOOK
BUY A PRINT
P.S. I have a print book in the works. It should be available soon. If you want to be notified when it is, you can sign up for my newsletter.
UPDATE: I’ve put up a preorder link for signed copies of the paperback book here. Wide release on Amazon.com and other distributors should go up soon.