Monday, June 30, 2008

that's 'Rock' baby, as in ROCK AND ROLL!!!!

MTV's website is carrying Animal Band.

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i wasn't expecting for the book to show up there, but part of--a big part of--Animal Band is an intro to music for kids. therefore, there are lots of beginning music instruments in the book--tambourines, xylophones, maracas, drums, etc.

i've been hunting around for music sites, music education i was thinking, to pitch the book to. looks like MTV found me themselves.

(what's cool is that the image of the book is a scan of the actual book.)

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Austin Chronicle Cover : The Motorcycling

i did a cover for this week's Austin Chronicle, well, a cover for the insert for this weekend's motorcycle rally.

here's the published version:

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this is my version of the cover. having the "stoppies" apparent was very important to the editor. as the illustrator, of course, having the characters as big as possible is my priority.

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i went with black line on the front characters to make it more "postery." also, it helps push them to the front of composition.

here's a close-up of the Harley dude. the bike is a loose approximation of a Harley softail. one of my favorite bikes.*

i've also been trying out the dry brushes in Photoshop. this one looks a lot like pastels, which are my favorite media.

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oops. that's called quick turnaround deadline.

* not that it matters. my dad indoctrinated me with a deathly fear of ever riding one. thanks, pop.

detail of the the Texas State Capitol that's in the background.