Mose Goes Walkies week of 7/25-7/31

comics, Mose Goes Walkies

With this week’s strips, I hope to complete a full week of continuous storyline (last week I managed 5 days, with a different topic on Monday). I was inspired by the above strip (for which I had help with the idea from my wife), thinking about how our dog was so excited when we were packing for our camping trip, and then his disappointment at arriving at the kennel. Then when I picked him up on Monday, something happened to inspire me to continue with the “Mose in the Kennel” storyline for the rest of the week.

Mose Goes Walkies 7/18-7/24

comics, Mose Goes Walkies

I started this week with a strip idea based on my actual walking experience on Friday (drizzle, above), but then on Tuesday began exploring an idea that came to me last week involving my wife (known as ‘YelloCarLady’ in the strip), who had made a previous appearance a few weeks ago. The rest of the week I’ve decided to try my hand at my first ‘strip sequence’, and continue the story through to Saturday, linking it together with another unrelated strip idea that occurred to me last week (with a linking concept that came to me yesterday afternoon). We attended a music festival in the Upper Peninsula on Friday Saturday and Sunday, so a good portion of this series had to be completed ahead of time for posting remotely. The color Sunday strip (at the bottom) was inspired by our music festival experiences in the past.

Is It Safe?

Skyhorse Publishing

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The publisher I am currently working for doing a ‘Peter Cottontail’ reprint, was one that I had worked with last year on a book called “Is It Safe to Kiss My┬áCat?”, and I realized that I had previously shared all the color spot illustrations for that project, but had not yet shared any of the many black and white spot cartoons. So, here they are. I really enjoy this sort of work, and the style is very reminiscent of work I used to do for an educational publisher back around 2000-2004.

IsItSafe2

 

IsItSafe3

Spot Illustrations for New Book Project

Skyhorse Publishing

ColorSpotsWebBeen fairly busy the past several weeks, so I’ve been remiss in posting samples. These are a series of color spots that I did for an upcoming book for Skyhorse Publishing called “Is It Safe to Kiss Your Cat?” I also have several black and white cartoons for the same project to post, but I’ll wait until next week sometime (UPDATE: it eventually took me a year to post them).

 

Color Book

Dover, self portrait

Since I began doing more and more book publishing projects over the past few years, I have been posting less and less online samples (as I work on them), mostly due to pre-publication contractual obligations. A color book that I did for Dover last year (2015) has hit the market, and seems to be getting some decent customer reviews, and in a few of the reviews, they have posted thumbnails of most of the pages from the book, so I figure the cat is out of the bag on this one, so I’m going to post the illustrations from this book on this blog at long last. This was a ‘scratchboard/woodcut’ style coloring book project, and I was given little direction other than ‘use a variety of subject matter, flora, animals, people, landscape, abstract’, and basically anything that struck my fancy. It was a fun project in that respect (though I didn’t care for the ‘abstract’ topic, and you’ll see there’s only one example, and a poor one, at that). I even managed to sneak in a self portrait in one of the illustrations. I actually got a fan email shortly after this was published, which was a nice bonus.

So, anyways, here’s all the drawings from that book (some of them are in color, as I was asked to do a couple color versions for the cover and advertising), and here’s a link where to buy it on Amazon. Happy Coloring! (and if you like this one, there’s an even bigger follow-up volume that will be hitting the market soon, all animal images, that will include the animals from this book, plus fifty more)