Here’s something I worked on last summer that was a lot of fun. It’s the first in a series of old west stories, THE HANGING JUDGE. When we were initially talking about the project, I suggested that the books should look like worn out old paperbacks that a cowboy might have pulled out of his saddlebag and that the interior pages should be similarly antique looking. The editors thought that was a pretty good idea and we were off and running. What a great bunch of people to work for!
I was a big fan of the old comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. I really liked the way Calvin’s world revolved around his imaginary tiger friend Hobbes.
I decided it was time for me to make my own imaginary tiger friend, so I went to the fabric store, grabbed black, orange and white fleece, and asked for a half yard of each. The girl looked at my selection of materials and said, “making something for halloween?” and I said “uhm… maybe.” Then I took my cut fabric to the register to pay for it and the lady there said, “making something for halloween?”
…so Hobbes and I are planning to go trick or treating together next halloween!!
One of the very first storybook jobs I ever got was a two book series about a little boy called Theodore Bump. Several decades later the author contacted me and asked if I would be interested in doing a third Theodore Bump book… absolutely! I just got an advance copy of the finished book.
I’ve been known to play a game or two on my phone when no one is looking. I’ve also been known to draw the characters in the games that I am playing on my phone when no one is looking. This is Gillie The Cook, a former pirate who is currently the leader of the Dewport Guard.
I did this on an iPad Pro using an Apple Pencil and Procreate.
I’ve been drawing on my iPad as a hobby for several years now and always kinda liked it… kinda… but I never really loved drawing on my iPad until now.
I heard a guy on YouTube say, “you HAVE TO HAVE some sort of paper textured screen protector on your iPad if you want to get the most out of your drawing experience,” and I thought, why not give that a try? After an all encompassing, comprehensive three minute research of the topic, I decided a $40.00 product called PAPERLIKE was probably the best thing on the market, but since when have I EVER had the best of ANYTHING, so I ordered a Japanese product from ELECOM called… well… who knows WHAT it’s called but it was only $20.00.
There were four surfaces available, I got the roughest one, attached it to my iPad, drew on it for about 60 seconds and I will NEVER go back to drawing on slick iPad glass again. It is absolutely a game changer!
Bob thought it would probably be kinda fun to play cards with Chester… but everyone knew Chester was a notorious cheetah when it came to playing games.
…it was three in the morning, I couldn’t sleep, I wandered into my studio and the next thing I knew I had created a Strava Bicycle Club that I called Sprocket Weasels and it had a picture of a fox in a bowler hat? …maybe I was still asleep? …well, if you bike, run, walk or hike and want to keep track of your progress STRAVA is a pretty good app to use… and its free (unless you choose to upgrade it) so feel free to join The Sprocket Weasel Bicycle Club because thats free, too, and the nice thing about Sprocket Weasel Bike Club is you don’t even need to own a bike to join… we’ll take anybody.
I’ve been super busy this year working on a really fun project. I can’t say too much about it because it has not gone to press yet, but in a nutshell, I’m cranking out a series of westerns as fast as I can… and loving it!
Everyone in the U.S. was taught about the great moments in American history, but are you aware there were many similar events in Pigeon history… like that time George Squawkington crossed a frozen Delaware River.
Odor in the court!
The bulldozer was dozing… again.
Around Christmas time I was dutifully taking sermon notes at church and the preacher said that angel that appeared to Mary scared her pretty bad so it musta been one intimidating looking angel so I’m thinking he probably looked pretty much exactly like this. Ya gotta trust your sermon notes…