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ratherWell, I’ve been hinting at the ‘big project’ that I’m preparing for, for at least a few months now. The official news just broke in Entertainment Weekly today, and here’s a link to the article. It has long been an ambition of mine to work in comics, in one form or another, and I’m excited to be offered the chance to adapt Dan Rather’s fine book ‘What Unites Us’ for the First Citizens imprint at First Second Books. Above is a screen shot from the article, of a few of the sample pages I prepared last summer in preparation for this project.


Going Way Way Back


This past weekend, we visited my sister, and I attempted to take a photo of a piece of art that I had given her around 30 years ago, and which has been hanging in her house since then. A little background on this piece, I had drawn this large pastel (24 x 30) based on a tiny antique photograph that I had found in a long forgotten junk shop (the original photo has long since been misplaced), for an exhibition at the Grand Rapids Community College back in 1988. The college bought the original piece, but my sister had wanted the same piece, so I ended up doing another original, nearly identical to the first, sold that one to the college, and then gave my sister the original one (or the other way around, I’m not certain anymore). I believe the other version of this still hangs somewhere in the college (or may be in storage somewhere, I don’t know). I tried to get a decent photo of it for my records this past weekend, but the way it was framed, there was no easy way to take it out from behind the glass. I managed to snap a few photos with my phone, and did a little photoshop manipulation once I got home (still not the greatest representation, but it’ll do for now). This was the piece of art that started me on my career. My first ‘real sale’, and planted the seed in my head, that I might be able to make a living at drawing pictures.


Revised CD Cover Art


ArthurDavenportCDwebusageWell, I wasn’t entirely happy with the colors of the previous version of this illustration, so I went back and added the back cover wraparound, and revised the colors, so they weren’t quite so bright and distracting. I’m a bit happier with how this one turned out. Below is the inside spread (the idea being that the whole thing would be a 360 degree panorama).



CD Cover Art




Illustration for a CD cover for Arthur Davenport (a musical artist I met through a musical project of mine almost 15 years ago). Below is the rough sketch (I think I almost prefer the sketch on this one, the woodcut style looks a bit busy to me).


Still waiting on the go ahead on the big project, but in the meantime have lined up another book project for the fall.

Extracurricular Activities

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PageOnewithTextwebusageStill awaiting the ‘go ahead’ on a big project (announcement coming soon), but in the meantime, am working in the genre to keep limber and ready to go. My son and I have been working on a comics project together, and here’s one of the first pages (it’s sort of a science fiction/western featuring a trio of bug riding female desperadoes).