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MY horsie!

October 7th, 2012

This week’s Anthdrawlogy theme is horses, per Emily’s request!

In other news, I’m really bummed not to be doing INKtober again this year!  This would have been my third year in a row.  (Here are my 2010 and 2011 inks.)  I’m so glad though to see that Jake Parker is keeping up his tradition!  You can follow along on his blog.

Chicken Little BONK!

September 23rd, 2012

…and the rest was history.  Poor, misguided Chicken Little!

The mightiest archer of them all

September 16th, 2012

This week’s Anthdrawlogy topic is “archery.”  So I drew my favorite little archer.

Driving on Mars!

August 6th, 2012

(Cross post from Anthdrawlogy)  Looks like the Sojourner rover is still getting some use!

My family and I had a great time watching the Curiosity landing last night.  All those happy faces in the control room… man, what an accomplishment!  And with Opportunity still in service, we have had over eight years of continuous driving in the red planet.  Can’t wait to hear about all of Curiosity’s scientific discoveries!

Pencil Dragon

July 20th, 2012

Pencil Dragon.  You know, like a pen dragon.  Except less Arthurian.


July 8th, 2012

This week’s Anthdrawlogy topic is Independence!  Sometimes it starts with a nudge, no?

School Visit

June 18th, 2012

A huge thank you to the staff of Discovery Isle San Marcos for inviting me to visit their school-age class!  The focus of my talk was character design.  I brought several pictures of popular cartoon characters, and showed the kids how they are constructed using large, basic shapes.

Basic shape construction. Photo Credit Jamie Penn

From there, we designed a brand-new character together.  The kids acted as the client, brainstorming the specifics, and we quickly settled on “a fish who loves chicken and is afraid of cows.”  I thumbnailed several variations using different basic shapes, then drew a refined version of the client’s favorite.

Designing a character together. Photo credit: Jamie Penn.

For the last half of the session, I set the kids up with a ream of paper and a fistful of crayons, and watched them design their own characters.  I tell ya, nothing beats the collective energy of a room full of kids.  What fun we all had!

If you are interested in having me talk at your school, please feel free to contact me!

Monster sneak peek

June 10th, 2012

This is a small peek at a children’s picture book I’m illustrating.

Hulk Fashion Statement

June 6th, 2012

I finally saw Avengers last weekend.  One thing I’ve always wondered when it comes to Hulk: why can’t MY pants stretch like that?

Ewok Warning

May 30th, 2012

Seriously, don’t cross the little guys.  Also, you may want to leave your shiny gold droid at home.