Here is a new work of my one of favorite characters based on our beloved cat Jack. Sketched in pencil and then scanned. Colored in Photoshop.
I’ve really come to grips with what I want out of my art. I love to create. Earning money is nice and over the last year I earned a little from art but I’m most proud of the finished projects. More projects to come this year. I know… a little late into 2014 for a declaration of goals but hey better late then never.
This year I’m going to really focus on my drawing. If I can’t draw engaging characters and scenes then all the technical skills learned this last year are for not.
Many thanks to my awesome mentors and instructors such as Chris Oatley, Will Terry, Stan Miller, Steven Silver, and Jake Parker!
I put together a watercolor tutorial yesterday for those who want to learn how I created a sunset woodland scene.
Will Terry’s latest story App called “Gary’s Place”.
I’ve been following Will Terry’s blog for the last year or so. Will unselfishly delivers helpful advice and updates for professionals as well as aspiring Children’s Picture Book artists.
Will had already published several eBooks and an App. Using a new software plugin for Photoshop called Kwik (Which I also have…awesome!) Will has just released his latest App called “Gary’s Place“. I downloaded it from the App Store and here is my short review.
The first thing I noticed about “Gary’s Place” is the great artwork. Will Terry has a certain style that makes him stand out from the picture book crowd as an artist. I love his paintings. Great lighting, lots of detail, strong composition and pleasing colors. As an artist myself I notice these things. Overall….to most people “Gary’s Place” looks very pleasing to the eye.
The story, written by Rick Walton is a cute, well crafted story. A good story coupled with Will’s illustrations results in a App storybook that is easy to look at and fun to read. Gary’s Place loaded quickly on my new iPad Air and worked smoothly. As an App would-be- designer myself this is a very important feature. There are lots of not so well done…bloated Apps out there but Gary’s Place is not one of those Apps. The story seems paced well (Rick Walton is already a proven author in the Children’s Picture Book genre) and the well done illustrations and simple animations help enhance the story. One thing I noticed was how each illustration had enough detail in it to make me believe I was say, looking at a bedroom.
Overall I feel that Gary’s Place hits all the check boxes for its intended target audience. I liked the App as a grown adult male so I’m sure kids will love this story. Check it out in the Apple App Store here.
I better get to work on my own story App. I’m looking forward to Will Terry’s next App project!
Last night I presented the last of a three night webinar based course called “Building EZ Picture Books for the Kindle”. I had a lot of fun putting this class together and I couldn’t have pulled it off if it wasn’t for my friend Mark Mitchell of “Marks and Splashes” a course for aspiring Children’s Book artists.
Our “Building EZ Picture Books for the Kindle” class offered the student detailed instruction on how to assemble and publish their own PB to the Kindle Store using a “fixed layout” structure based on HTML. A working template that the students could use was also included with the course. Even though the live sessions are over the video course and all the downloadable goodies is still available by following this link.
I really enjoy teaching!
I’ve been hard a work developing the materials for my new online course. I spent a lot of time figuring out how to build a quality Children’s Picture Book for the Kindle.
My goal with the course is to make the process of building a Picture Book for the Kindle EZ for anyone. You don’t have to know how to write HTML in order to build a book. Check out my introductory video below!
You can sign up for the course here.
I just finished creating this Youtube.com book trailer for “Undead Ted”. Animation software was Toonboom 6.0 (I’m a little rusty when using this software) and iMovie.
This past Thursday my painting was on display at the 2013 Northwest Watercolor Society’s Waterworks Exhibition. It was a real honor to have been selected as just one of 50 pieces that was included in the event. There were many fine paintings represented by talented artists. Congratulations to the winner and many thanks to Mr. Michael Reardon who judged the event.
Journeys of the Harvest
Click here for a list of the artists and prize winners!
My brother in-law’s latest book “Harvest Heritage” was just released by the WSU Press. I was lucky enough to be invited to produce six spot illustrations for the book. Thank you Dick!
The illustrations were done with ink pen and watercolor wash. Creating this kind of artwork really helps the artist learn values without using color. An example of one of the illustrations is shown below.
Spot Illustration – Pen/Wash
Last night Mark Mitchell of “How to be a Childrens Book Illustrator Course” kindly hosted a webinar. I presented a two hour webinar how “Undead Ted” was created. Thank you Mark for this opporunity to share with others.
Have you ever wondered how to format your illustrated Children’s Book for the Kindle platform?
Check out this is a free video: Creating Undead Ted