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Illustrating a Picture Book

Here is a video by illustrator Peter Brown on his art process for the picture book he illustrated, titled The Creepy Carrots, written by Aaron Reynolds.  My girlfriend sent me the link to this one. She knows me too well! Very cool  video and I can relate to the influence and inspiration taken from classic black & white movies and TV shows. Take a look. The Creepy … [Read More...]

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Art as Wedding Present (Part 2)

So, in Part 1 of this post, you got to see my take on transforming a photo or two into an illustrated avatar or a piece of printable artwork.  Funny thing is, the one image that I uploaded, the one I used to make the properly measured oval for the border, wasn't the right art!  Yeah, stupid, I know.   What I meant to use was the finished inked black and … [Read More...]

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Country Louse, City Louse (Comic)

This is one of those comic ideas that popped into my head for no good reason.  I thought of the whole "Country Mouse, City Mouse" thing, one of my memorable books of childhood.  There is always that "grass is always greener" aspect to country life vs. city life, but now it seems that the dialogue has devolved into a name-calling shouting match. Liberal vs. Conservative, … [Read More...]

Illustration

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Collecting the Art of David Petersen (Plus a GIVEAWAY!)

Why Collect? Collect art that speaks to you.  It is a cliche, but I think it is a sound foundation for building any kind of collection, whether it's a collection of art, … [Read More...]

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My Brother’s Book by Maurice Sendak (Review)

My Brother's Book by Maurice Sendak HarperCollins, 2013. $18.95 It is very fitting that the week I received the mammoth 600+ page issue of The Comics Journal with the … [Read More...]

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Dracula (Blah!)

If you happened to be reading Ink Puddle last year, you may have noticed my homage to Frankenstein imagery in book illustration.  So, instead of posting my Halloween post … [Read More...]

Comics

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This is SPX. This is your brain on SPX. Any questions?

Who needs drugs? Not me.  A cup of coffee and thoughts of SPX are all I need to get my brain racing. I am embarrassed to say that I was not even aware of SPX a couple of years ago, but when I found out what it was, I knew I had to go.  In […]

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Why Make Fan Art?

The question of “WHY MAKE FAN ART?” crossed my mind, as I was, not coincidentally, making fan art. I suppose this question is similar to WHY BUY COMIC MERCHANDISE? or WHY DO COSPLAY? and I suppose the answers are related. As for me, stemming from a combination of a New Year’s resolution to make more […]

My Art Process

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Art as Wedding Present (Part 1)

Through Twitter I have posted previously how I turned my brother's acting head-shot into an illustrated avatar for him to use for Twitter. I pretty much liked how it came out, but I could wind up doing it over.  I also combined two photos and made an illustrated avatar … [Read More...]

Most Recent video Post

creepy_carrots

Illustrating a Picture Book

Here is a video by illustrator Peter Brown on his art process for the picture book he illustrated, titled The Creepy Carrots, written by Aaron Reynolds.  My girlfriend sent me the link to this one. She knows me too … [Show Me the Video]

Most Recent Interview

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Megan Piontkowski: Illustrator and Artist (An Interview)

Wow, the publishing of this interview is waaaaay overdue.  Megan Piontkowski is a very talented artist and illustrator from Brooklyn whom I first discovered on Twitter (@UntamedEyebrows) and actually met in person … [Read More...]