Recipe Book Spots

Media Lab Books, Topix Media

After a slow week, back to work on the recipe book illustrations. A few more to go this weekend, and this project will be a wrap. At the bottom is a revision to a previous drawing (I cheated on the original, making the doorway bigger than it should actually be, so that I wouldn’t need to shrink the main character too much — they felt it looked awkward, so I did some tweaks to it)

Impeachment Buddies


Was asked to revise one of the illustrations for a revised edition of the book “What is the Constitution?” for Penguin Young Readers. Since it was published, of course, we have a new member of the “Impeached Presidents” club, and they wanted “The Previous Guy” added to the portraits of Johnson and Clinton.

In the meantime, I’m currently in a holding pattern, awaiting the manuscripts for two new ‘Who Was’ books, one on Charles Schultz, and another on the Harlem Renaissance. Hoping to get started in the coming weeks.

What Unites Us Again

First Second

On Friday, shortly after posting my previous blog entry, a carton of books arrived on my doorstep. I’ve been very nervous about how I would react to the finished product. I’m generally very critical of my own work, and with a full year passing between the last time I had actually worked on any of the art for this book, I was sure I would be disappointed in some way or another. I’m happy to report that I was quite pleased with the final result, and am very excited about seeing it hit the bookshelves for others to experience. Below is another sample, from the opening page of the book (without the text). If this isn’t the high point of my entire career, it’ll do until another high point comes along.

Thanks to the entire crew at First Second for turning out a beautiful product, you did a fantastic job: Mark Siegel, Robyn Chapman, Kirk Benshoff, Sunny Lee, Sara Rosenbaum, and to the authors Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner for writing such an inspiring book. It was a pleasure and an honor to be associated with this project.