Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Boxcar Children

I've recently worked on two new releases for The Boxcar Children series - The Return of the Graveyard Ghost and The Mystery of the Fallen Treasure.  They were a blast to illustrate and I'll be working on some more coming up.  Here are a few of my favorite illustrations. (The cover art was created by the awesome Tim Jessell.)

Check them out this September!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Men of Bounty - Character Pencil Drawings


Duchess is a trusty crew member of The Balance and good friend of Captain McQuaid. She keeps her knives as sharp as her wit, and always pays close attention to detail. She sometimes strays however, if she feels she has a better plan.

Captain Byrnes

Not exactly a fellow you would want to meet.  Captain Byrnes can be as rough as they come.  Frequently he corrects some of the slower men of his crew who falsely think his name is "Burns" due to the rope marks on his neck, which (on special occasions) are covered by a vibrant blue scarf.  When things are going his way he can be too sure of himself, believing that his plans are working and you don't know it.  See how he smiles?  He thinks you don't see that dirk in his hand.

A darn cool story is coming together with these characters, so I'll probably be posting this kind of stuff for the next couple weeks.  I hope you like the Age of Sail.

Studio Progress

Slow and steady.  The studio has been at a standstill for a few months due to other work I had lined up.  Sadly one of the projects was a large oil portrait that left me cramped in my current painting space.  I need a good photo before I deliver it later this month, but for this post I'll give a shot of the studio in progress.