I've always loved the Hobbit for what it is, a children's book. Many times however I find myself lumping it in with the epic quest of Lord of the Rings. I wanted to create something fun, unique, and wholly childish for this book, here it is.
I was hired by Boom-Studios/Archaia, comic licensers of the Jim Henson Company, to write and illustrate one issue of their annual four-part Storyteller comic. The Storyteller was a TV show starring John Hurt as the main, frame character who retold the folklore of different cultures. Every year the comic has a theme such as Dragons, Giants, Witches etc. This year the theme was Faeries and I loved diving into both the visual and folklore research in order to create this issue.
My issue title is Faerie Hill, loosely based on Danish folklore. The last day to order this single issue from you local comicbook shop is 12/18/2017. It will be realeased and in stores on 1/17/2018 but don't expect every store to carry it, make sure you place an order at your local comicbook shop! Use this order code: NOV171349
Cover art, interior and chapter header illustrations for Jennifer Trafton's new novel, Henry and the Chalk Dragon, to be released in April of 2017 by the Rabbit Room Press. Pre-order by clicking here.
JOE DEATH AND THE GRAVEN IMAGE is a five-part comic following Joe, the character of death, and his friend Blue, a dusty but very well mannered moth. It's life through Death's eyes in this Hellboy meets Studio Ghibli adventure.
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Just a personal story about a conversation I had with one of my favorite comic heroes. It was a self-medicating process that helped me scrape some rust off my storytelling and writing ability. It's also a genuine attempt to work for Mike Mignola and Dark Horse comics on one of their projects, or potentially my own, but that would be only an unexpected bonus, a big one, but still a bonus. The point was to just write and complete a whole comic story. Hope you enjoy! Lettered by the exceptional Clem Robins.
Mighty Mauger is a hack-n-slash platforming video game under development. We're very early on in the process but want to have a place to drop cool images to show you all what we're thinking. Based on similar principles and play styles found in beautiful 2D games like Cuphead, Limbo, and Hollow Knight, Mighty Mauger endeavors to deliver a high caliber of illustration and effects as well as solid, enjoyable game play.
Fan art for one of my favorite comics and comic creators working today. Andrew Maclean's Head Lopper comic is great. Wonderful stories and killer character designs. Also some John Bauer homage being paid here.
Fan art and promotion for Joey Ellis's wonderful world of Leaky Timbers, coinciding with his release of the Leaky Timbers pitch video. Here's to hoping it gets picked up by some major TV/internet company! I had a lot of fun ripping off some other greatest American Illustrators of all time, Norman Rockwell and N.C. Wyeth and mashing my style with Joey's characters for these illustrations.
Coffee strong enough to wake the dead.
Put your armor on, this stuff is hot.
Editorial Illustration for a horror story involving the endless and unsortable paper filing system. Switch to the leader in School Administration Software: Frontline Education.
A scary story written by renowned British author Philip Kerr, published by Knopf, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
Cover for my 2016 SCBWI portfolio. Check out more images and explanations about creating your own portfolio over on my blog. Thanks for looking!
What started as a pipe dream between illustrator friends has become a daily comic of sorts that I post on Instagram. I follow Mr. Horse and his family, exploring those small moments that hold big meaning. The order here is top to bottom, oldest to newest.
Partnering with the Lamp Post Guild has been one of my most stretching ventures in 2016. Set to open January of 2017, my first course, How to Work from Home (like a Boss) explores the topic of managing yourself, your time, and your home office. Here are some of the illustrations I made to accompany the course banners, covers, and articles.
Images inspired by the music of Lullatone. I don't often find music that fits just perfectly with children's book illustration so when I do I'm incredibly inspired to make.
Fun little fake brand for a friends website. Check out readabill.com to read the actual government bills proposed to be made into laws. It's super simple and clean. Great resource in today's era of heresay and bias.
The Bman has always been my favorite super. The first comic I ever remember owning was the trade paperback of Year One by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli. This, along with Batman the Animated Series, was a great foundation not only for love of a character but love of solid design in illustration. Many artists over the years have added to this tradition, Mike Mignola and Paul Pope not the least of which. Here's my spin.
I had the extremely great pleasure of working on this series of posters for the Children's Theatre of Charlotte. Growing up I can remember multiple class field trips to see some of these classic theatre shows, A Year With Frog and Toad specifically. Hope these only add to the wonderful experience kids will have at the theatre in Charlotte.
A character design, trying to get something different and evocative.
Fan art for one of my favorite comics these days: Helena Crash, written by Fabian Rangel Jr., illustrated by Warwick Johnson Cadwell, and lettered by Ironbark. The premise of the comic is way out there, but the characters and relationships are wonderfully believable and lovable. It was only four issues but I hope they get a chance to make more with this girl! Beautiful stuff.
Spot illustrations for Zebra and Wasp, a short children's story featured in Highlights Magazine.
Cover and interior Illustration for the 1963 Newbery Medal winner A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'engle.
Series of bookmarks for self-promotion, particularly at SCBWI conferences and other book related conventions.