Friday, November 30, 2007

I know this is stupid

I know this is stupid but I just upgraded to Leopard from Panther and I now have Photo Booth. Between this and Widgets I my not get anything done.

racerdogs goodnight

here's the last thing about racerdogs, and some of my inspiration. That's my son Jonathan on the right.

Sunday, November 18, 2007


I grew up around car parts. My dad was a mechanic as was my grandpa. I had to include a scene where a car breaks down. It was fun to get to draw motor junk.
This was a little promo item I made for my publisher, editor, art director and agent as a thank you for helping me get the book out. I always have ideas and intentions of doing something fun with every book. Finding the time is hard.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

racerdogs, the gas shack

This is the "Gas Shack" which is right next to the "Snack Rack" in the Racerdog world.
This was the research. I actually had this model as a kid. Stella the neighbor lady gave us her son's old toys when ever he wasn't looking. This model was way out of scale for my train table, but it was free and cool. I found this picture on E-bay. I hope it's OK to show this picture, it wasn't mine, it was the seller's. Am I wrong for posting it?

Monday, November 12, 2007

racerdogs cover

This is the very first art I created in the racerdog project. I hadn't written the story yet, I really didn't know what it was going to be about. I just knew I wanted to create a book about dogs who race. "Go Dog Go" is one of my favorite books. I remembered as a kid wanting more about those dogs going around fast in cars. This little sketch got me the contract.
Here is the final cover. I think I like the first sketch better.


I'm going to share a little about an older book called Racerdogs. I would like to share about more current projects, but you can't until a project is on the shelf. So until my latest is out, I'm going to talk about old stuff.
People have been asking about how I work. here is a sketch, in progress and finish of a Racerdog spread.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

party lizard

These are from a little reader. A lizard has a party, everybody comes and makes a mess, he has to clean it up. As I sum it up I think it may be a lot more profound than I ever realized.

missouri countryside

I drove down to Warrensberg Missouri to watch my son perform in a drumline/marching competition. It was a beautiful drive.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

storyworks cover

this was done for the cover of storyworks magazine. It's a nice little school magazine put out by Scholastic.

early work

I thought I would show one of my earliest books. As of yet it is still unpublished.