Monday, November 30, 2009

Here’s the group photo of the authors/illustrators at the 9th Annual Kids’ Lit Gala presented by The Ottawa Children’s Literature Roundtable and the Ottawa Public Library. A very talented bunch, if I do say so myself. :)

From left to right: Ben Hodson, Paul Glennon, Vickie Cameron, Andrée Poulin, Eric Péladeau, Brenda Chapman, Kevin Bolger, Caroline Pignat, Robert Sutherland, Crystal Beshara, Michel Rene de Cotret (thanks for the photo, Michel!), and Suzanne Pinel.

(A big congratulations to Caroline Pignat for being awarded the Governor General’s Award for her amazing book!)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

I'm working on a picture book right now, but in the morning I like to do a bit of sketching to loosen up. I've been doing a lot of 80's influenced fantasy drawings. Above is another Kenku sketch. This one has some Russ Nicholson, Brian Froud and a little Don Bluth (The Secret of NIMH)

Here's a Dragon Rider. WAAAAY more fierce than Eragon. :)

A Deep Gnome influenced by the great Russ Nicholson in the Fiend Folio.

A Boar Rider. Snort. Wild boars and wart hogs are such amazing animals.

A Dwarf Champion ready to rumble. Some Clyde Caldwell, Larry Elmore, Jeff Easley vibes. I really like a lot of the DragonLance and Dragon Magazine artists.
Orko from He-Man. I couldn't really stand this character in the cartoon, (or any sidekick except maybe Ookla from Thundarr) but I thought he looked cool. Like a Jawa wizard.

A little Berbalang action. I always loved the drawing in the Fiend Folio by Russ Nicholson. So nasty.

Friday, November 06, 2009

I'm so happy that I found a groovy Keith Haring website devoted totally and completely to kids!!
That means I'll fit right in! Colouring book pages!!! YES! That's for me!