ARR! After many battles, a bad case of scurvy, and a long awaited journey over ragin’ seas, the many boxes of treasure doth arrived at me doorstoop. “Captain and Crow’s ABCs” be available for purchase, mateys! Git Learned!
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It was a long a trying ride but I had a lot of fun doing it. I’ve learned a lot from the process of making this book, so I can move on to the next project with more insight. I hope it can bring a couple of smiles to faces.
I finally finished the commissioned portrait for Stephen Pikarsky (from All Keyed Up Media). He’s been a huge help to me in some personal projects and did the original score for the Island the Plough App (which is still, slowly, slowly happening). It was a lot of fun to do this project and it inspired me to do a series of them. This, being “The Composer,” I am hoping to also do “The Writer,” “The Dancer,” “The Singer,” and “The Painter” to sort of round out the various artist/creator profiles.
This year for #Inktober I decided to try and tell a story over the course the month, one day at a time. This is the Real story behind the Headless Horseman. Follow along on SketchbookJack’s Instagram.
Good evening, dear readers, I am your storyteller. Follow along this #inktober for the revealing of the real story of the headless horseman. Each day one panel of the story will be revealed.
I recently stumbled across another great illustration/sketch collaboration effort similar to Illustration Fridays called Sketch Dailies. There are some amazingly wonderful artists on there that prove to be a great inspiration. Here is my debut submission for their topic “Heffalump” . Follow Sketch_Dailies on twitter or their website.
I have started a few noir inspired posters and am thinking of doing one for each city in which I have lived or visited. I probably can’t do everything I have visited, and probably no one wants a poster from half of those cities, so I’ll hit the big, fun, major ones. But, I thought I’d start it off with L.A. as I have been for the past eight years and it seems deserving. I’ll add them as prints to the shop as I get them done.
I am starting to sell prints again on the Etsy Shop, so check back often as I will be uploading new ones often. If you have a custom request, perhaps something you’ve seen in the past but is not available yet, just let me know. Otherwise, enjoy!
After whittling down from more than 600 entries, I have been featured in the Doodlers Anonymous Vol 3 coloring book. They are taking pre-orders at a reduced rate if you are interested in having great, pen and ink, hand drawn, one of a kind, drawings by an eclectic collection of great artists.
Jouez! Ultraswing is back, and this time with a commission piece for a gig poster for their live shows. You know, the kind of poster that will plastered on telephone polls, the backs of pubs, and billboards. This was an incredibly fun project to work on, so if you are perusing the streets of Brighton, Newhaven, Worthing, or maybe even London, be on the look out for these plastered about. If you see them, take photos and send them to me!
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)
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