Tiny, Little Decisions

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”

Deep Thoughts: The Hero of Your own Story

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”

What Eric Fan thinks of Penguin Set’s Sail

“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”

Little Mouse Finds a Friend by Jeni Leidenfrost and Jessica Linn Evans

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…

Story time and drawing demo at Auntie’s Bookstore

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”

Making picture books more accessible

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”

Little Mouse goes to Haiti

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”