If you have been wondering where I have been, I have been busy busy busy, toiling away to bring “The Island and the Plough” to interactive ebook iPad app form. It will have originally composed music created by the professional concert pianist, Stephen Pikarsky and will be narrated by the incredibly talented (and soon to be published, himself) Bill Townley. This is not to mention that the illustrations from the book will come to life with interactive physics, graphical words that react to touch, and additional animations that will bring the characters to life. Once we launch this and get it off the ground, I will be going to Kickstarter to ask for some additional funds to get the physical book printed. This will be a somewhat different take on the kickstarter platform, as the work is already done, and there will already be a product to buy (the App) if you aren’t terribly interested in funding Kickstarter. However, if you are interested in supporting my future work, or just want to get your hands on the physical book, you can kick in (essentially pre-order) the book. If we reach the goal, it will allow us to get the large quantity of books printed at a price reasonable for you!
So stay tuned, the App will be released in the coming weeks and the Kickstarter to get “The Island and the Plough” prints will follow immediately after. In the meantime, chew on this trailer for a bit!
There is big news for SketchbookJack. An interactive iPad ebook app is currently in the works. The first app will be “The Island and the Plough.” All the bold, black and white illustrations will come to life with animations, a narrator, and even an apple-catching mini-game. I don’t want to spoil too much, so stay tuned and I’ll post a few more screenshots.
The prints for DeFacto Entertainment’s 7″ vinyl single have arrived! Here are the final, printed versions of the illustrations I did for their album art. If you enjoy hip hop, rap, and/or the illustrations involved you can order your own here: http://defactoent.bandcamp.com/album/choose-your-weapon-feat-jehst (Photos courtesy of DeFacto Entertainment)
The earlier shots I posted of the work in progress can be found in this earlier post.
“Choose Your Weapon” featuring Jehst by Raw Product (Front Cover)
“Chooes Your Weapon” featuring Jehst by Raw Product (Back Cover)
“Choose Your Weapon” featuring Jehst by Raw Product (Side A)
“Choose Your Weapon” featuring Jehst by Raw Product (Side B)
Two more sample page layout mockups from the children’s letter book, “Captain and Crow’s ABCs.” Here, the Captain finds a giant carrrrrp, throws a darrrrrrrrt and finds his earrrrrrr. Good golly scalley waggins, the Captain is pretty darn good at naming words with R in them.
Here is a sneak peak of my latest book project. I am working on finding an agent and pitching around “The Island and the Plough” but I am continuing to build up other projects, because there are plenty more to come.
Here we have “Captain and Crow’s ABCs”. The Captain finds a smart Crow who challenges him to to a test. First he is asked if he knows his ABCs, to which the Captain replies “ARR!” only to be followed by asking what his favorite letter is. Of course, it is R. The crow challenges him to name a word for every letter in the alphabet that has an R sound in it. Here, the Captain is almost stumped by the letter I, and much confusion arises between I, eye and aye.
Captain is almost stumped with I, but then he finds a word that has an ARRRRR in it.
Dapper Wolf: Cabernet
Lucky: Pinor Noir
And now for some black and white bottle/label/package design. I wish these were real, but they are just samples for a design and the winemaker is fictitious as well. But, who knows, maybe someday I will be posting a real wine label with my work on it!
I’ve been waiting for a while now to share this with you, and since the producer has released the art I can show it now. This was a great project to work on and it will be printed on limited edition 7″ vinyl no less! I was given the lyrics of the song and came up with some characters and symbolism. There will also be art to see for the back sleeve and the inside vinyl label itself but those are yet to be released. Here you can find DeFacto Entertainment and Raw Product. Below is the final front cover and some work in progress, making of’s so you can see how the layout, the sketch and ink process.
Choose Your Weapon – Front Cover
The author, the ogre, and the wickerman
The author and the ogre
The Wickerman closeup
Banner and Typeface work
For those of you who have been following me for a long time, you may remember the “Cats Are Aliens” doodles I did on napkins or perhaps you have seen them popping up on Instagram. I found those drawings, scanned them and gave them some new life. I’ll continue to collect them here in this gallery as I finish each one. Enjoy!
How awesome is that? Albert Einstein’s birthday (March, 14th, 1879) and Pi Day (3.14) are on the same day? The only thing that would be better would be if his birthday was on 299,792,458 (speed of light) day, but I don’t think that occurs, ever. I think we should celebrate by cracking the code to marrying relativity and quantum theory together. Well, let’s just start with having a piece of pie; that seems more manageable for today. So, for all you math and science fans out there here are two wallpapers for you. Just click to get the full resolution and then you can save it to your device.
optimized for iPhone 5
Optimized for Ipad (landscape and portrait)
After being away for a little while, The Daily Mobster has started up again with new gangsters! The stories and characters are ever growing. Be sure to head over and follow along and don’t be afraid to share! Just for fun, I have compiled all of them together below, so please enjoy!
(Be sure to read in a slow, grisly, proper voice)
E is for Edward, he’d be eighty eight, I say.
G is for Gorey, happy, happy Birthday.
Read The Gashlycrumb Tinies here.
Ultraswing – “Jouez” Album Design Front
Ultraswing – “Jouez” Album Design Interior and cd
Ultraswing – “Jouez” Album Design Reverse
My copies of Ultraswing‘s “Jouez” have arrived; they look so great printed! There is always something pretty great about seeing work printed as it has such a different feel that being digitally onscreen. They have a tactile substance that I love. The music is great too, so if you like gypsy jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt be sure to check out Ultraswing; they have worked really hard to putting this album together and I listened to it on my drive up to the north valley this weekend and the tracks are wonderful. You can have a look at flat, larger versions of the covers from an older post here.
Ultraswing – “Jouez” – Album Front
Ultraswing – “Jouez” – Album Reverse
Ultraswing, the UK gypsy jazz band has just released their next album, “Jouez,” for which I did the album art work. This was a great project to work on, especially for developing some fun characters, interesting vignettes and scenes. They wanted to go with the idea of a speak-easy style jazz club featuring the full ensemble as well as all the characters that go along with that type of lounge. As soon as I receive my copies in the mail, I will be sure to post some photos of the product as well. There are interior panels and the disc itself, as well. If you like jazz, and especially gypsy style jazz, in the vein of Django Reinhardt you should certainly check them out and give them a listen; plus, they are super cool cats.
I am sure you are wondering where I am, or at least why I haven’t been posting much lately. I have had my hands quite full with a few projects that I hope to post results for very soon. Aside from trying to close out “The Island and the Plough” and shop it around to a few potential distributors I have been working on the next book as well as some super cool commission projects. I will be doing the album art for Ultraswing, a UK gypsy jazz band. They decided they wanted a little change of pace from their prior albums and wanted a full black and white illustration spread. Once they are ready to release on their website I will begin posting some images soon. All I have to say right now is that this was a really great project, creating some awesome little characters and vignettes and had a lot of fun. Can’t wait to show it off.
Leila waits for Papa to return home to the island in “The Island and the Plough”
Hello all. For those of you have been following for a while and know of “The Island and the Plough” have probably been wondering where this book is and when it is going to be released. Things are going a little slower than planned in terms of getting it printed at a reasonable price so I am trying to coordinate the printing process to provide the best quality for price. I am glad to say, however, that I have proof prints in hand and they look great! I have showed them to the people who helped me complete this project and everyone thinks it’s a great little piece and I am very excited to start getting it into people’s hands.
Stay tuned for updates, and of course, more art of other sorts.