Artists make a thousand little decisions every moment they are creating. My first draft of this illustration was too huge. It was, in fact, enormous. My decision to get close up was okay, but the magnification was gratuitous (the paper was 18×24). At the suggestion of a skilled colleague, I pulled back a bit. MyContinue reading “Tiny, Little Decisions”
You know that book you love? Remember that evil character in it that you really despise? Do they think they are the bad character? No. They do not see themselves as the heartless tyrant, the slinking coward, the greedy manipulator, the guilt-ridden critic, or even the plucky sidekick. Everyone is the HERO of their ownContinue reading “Deep Thoughts: The Hero of Your own Story”
I set out to paint a boy at the beach that just noticed an unfortunate change in the weather. Here is the sketch I started with. Sketches are rendered loosely and I often like them better than the finished product. There is just more life and movement in the line. This one is no exception.Continue reading “Sketch to Finish”
Books & Brews Event—Palouse Writers FestivalJune 27 at 4 PM · 1912 Center · Moscow, Idaho I’ll be signing copies of Penguin Sets Sail, and other books I’ve illustrated, at the 1912 Center Books & Brews event during the Palouse Writers Festival Saturday, June 27.
“I’ve always loved penguins, and sea voyages, and I loved this book! A delightfully illustrated wordless story that says a lot with a little: the value of curiosity over complacency, the joy of travel and the friendships we forge along the way; how new experiences enrich and change us, so that when we finally returnContinue reading “What Eric Fan thinks of Penguin Set’s Sail”
Originally posted on The Picture Book Review:
[Review Copy Courtesy of Jovial Press] Here’s a sweet picture book about a small mouse that finds and adopts a caterpillar as a pet. Little Mouse Finds a Friend‘s characters are charming, it is beautifully illustrated, and the factual information is memorable and interesting. From Little Mouse Finds a…
Author Jeni Leidenfrost and I had a blast during Story Time at Auntie’s Bookstore in Spokane on Saturday. Our time started off with Jeni reading Little Mouse Finds a Friend to a wide age range of readers. Jeni also introduced the Braille versions* of Little Mouse and some of the young readers got a chanceContinue reading “Story time and drawing demo at Auntie’s Bookstore”
The more children that can enjoy picture books the better. Right? I’m so pleased to have illustrated two books that are involved in making picture books accessible to more children. Little Mouse Finds A Friend is a mix of story and science and follows the life cycle of the Atlas moth. The author, Jeni Leidenfrost,Continue reading “Making picture books more accessible”
My friend Ryan goes to Haiti on a regular basis to an island that does not have electricity or running water and helps the children and animals there. She travels down and gives the children and livestock immunization shots and has been instrumental in helping build a school on the island. Haiti is the poorestContinue reading “Little Mouse goes to Haiti”
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