Archive for the 'childrens books' Category

Lots going on.

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

For those of you who look at this blog to see updates on how the latest issue of The Possum is coming along, I thought I better give you a little something and assure you that I haven’t given up on issue #6.

With that said, I have taken a little bit of a detour from The Possum as of late to try to finish a couple other projects that have been kicking around in my head for some time.  I’ve been plugging away on a children’s book, which I’ve been posting some of the pages as they’ve been getting completed….. (some of the pages, not all of them)

I’ve also been trying to finish a short animated piece based off of a children’s book that my wife has been working on.  I’m using it as an excuse to learn how to use Toonboom and it could also be something I might try to develop further into something more some day.  This is where I’m at with it at the moment:

alphabuddies March 30 work in progress from Possum Press on Vimeo.

Also, I’ve been chomping at the bit to start making a Possum animated short and I’ve finally started to do some very rough storyboards. The plan is to make it look something like this… or maybe this….  (This one may take a while to finish, but you know what?….. I’m a stubborn man).

There’s a lot of different ideas rattling around inside of my head but I’ll just keep working away at them all and hopefully I won’t go crazy.

P.S.  I didn’t even mention Captain Smith and Broccoli Boy and all the other Possum stories that I have yet to get to (24 hour comic inspirations, Spy Guy team ups, merchandise….)  How is it possible that people get bored?


More pages from Copy Cat

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Here’s some more pages from the book I’m working on:

I think a lot of you know that I’ve been having problems with my liver for the last 11 years, but more specifically the last couple of years, and a little over 3 months ago I received a liver transplant.  It’s a long story, but a very good friend of mine donated almost 75% of his liver to me last October (and I’m eternally grateful to him!!), but because of some complications the transplant had to be redone in November, using a liver from a deceased donor (who I have never met, but am also eternally grateful to!!!……  God is watching over me and taking care of me).   Three weeks after my first transplant I went into the hospital with trouble breathing.  It turned out that the main artery that supplies blood to the liver had clotted up and my new liver was dying, which caused the main bile duct to deteriorate and bile was leaking into my abdomen (hence the trouble breathing).  I was immediately checked into the hospital and had my abdomen drained.  3 days later, I was being wheeled into the operating room for my second transplant in 3 weeks.

By the grace of God, everything went really well with the second transplant, and 3 months later I’m back playing hockey and wrestling with my kids.  I’m feeling better now than I have in YEARS and I’m enjoying not being yellow anymore!  It was a hard couple of months, but so many positive things happened during that time that I feel fortunate to have gone through it all (which sounds strange, but it’s true)….  although I’d be more than happy to never do it again.

Copy Cat colours continue…

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Here’s a few more coloured pages from the children’s book I’m working on….  Only 21 more pages to colour…


Copy Cat – work in progress

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Copy Cat – page 1

Here’s a few pages of the children’s book I’m working on, all coloured up.  None of these pages are final colours yet, as I’m still trying to figure out how I want them to look (or rather how to get them to look like I see them in my head…)  I find colouring very challenging to do, as it’s never been one of my strong points.  I’ve spent the majority of my career animating and only worrying about the rough drawing stage, as most of what I’ve done gets passed on to someone else, who cleans it up and colours it.  One of the nice things about doing your own work is that you get to focus on everything.  One of the not so nice things about doing your own work is that you realize how little you actually know, and how many areas you suck at.  Hopefully after making a few books, I’ll start to figure things out.

Copy Cat – page 8


Copy Cat – page 13


Copy Cat – page 25

Copy Cat – page 26


O.K….   Back to painting….

More roughs for Copy Cat

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Here’s a few more roughs for the children’s book I’m working on, called Copy Cat.  I have 36 pages roughed out, so now I’m in the process of trying to figure out the actual layout of the pages and put in the text.  From there I need to transfer each drawing onto illustration board so I can ink them, then scan them into the computer for colouring.  I’m hoping to start playing with colours on a few of these drawings this week.

Copy Cat

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

A little while ago, my kids were talking about making comic books and different characters that they were going to make, when my son, Jacob, said he was going to make a character called “Copy Cat”.  I’m sure this is nothing like what he was thinking of (I hope not, so I don’t have to pay him royalties!), but I immediately had an idea for a children’s book.  Recently I had a fairly large operation that has kept me out of commission for the last 5 weeks, but I’m feeling better every day and have had the urge to start drawing again.  Comics require a bit more planning and organization than I’m capable of right now, but something like a children’s book allows a bit more freedom to just draw.

Here’s some rough drawings:

The story is about a cat named Copy, who copies all of the other animals and never thinks for himself, until one day he starts copying some animals that aren’t that nice.  The bully animals pick on other kids, with Copy following, but it just doesn’t feel right.  Eventually Copy puts his foot down and stops his copying, and does what’s right.

This isn’t the first children’s book that I’ve started, but it’s the first one that I’m excited to do.  Stay tuned for more updates as things progress.

“Is that the one?”

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

Here is another illustration for the childrean’s book that I am working on. I’m trying to squeeze a drawing in here and there between all of the other stuff I’m doing. These are pencil and watercolour. If anyone has any constructive criticism, it would be very appreciated. I’m not a painter, but I’d love to learn, and I figure the only way to learn is to just do it.

Side note:  I’m looking at this on my computer at work, and most of the subtle colours in the clothes, wall and window aren’t even showing up.  I have a Mac at home and the colours are there on it.  Maybe I should try to darken the picture a bit.

Children’s book Illustration

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

This is an illustration for a children’s book that I am illustrating for a friend. It is a really cute story about Christmas.

I posted some rough sketches for this a while ago, but I am finally starting to work on some of the finished illustrations (between everything else that I am doing). Painting isn’t one of my strong points, but I would really like to get batter at it, so hopefully when this book is finished, I will have gotten better, and the pictures won’t suck too much.

concepts for children’s book

Friday, May 19th, 2006

These are some quick sketches to figure out a look for a children’s book that I am illustrating for a friend. I still have a lot of work to do to find a style, but I am slowly getting somewhere with it. Right now it looks a little too generic. I’ll figure something out eventually.

children’s book illustrations

Friday, May 5th, 2006

Here are a couple of illustrations for a children’s book I am working on. Maybe some day I’ll get it done.