After initially giving me permission to share my work, the client changed their mind and asked me to remove this project from my website due to legal confidentiality reasons. Sorry about that. You can view my other toy design, illustration, and cartooning work on my Portfolio page or my blog.
Last year I was hired by a toy entrepreneur who had a vision to create plush tortoises that would be appealing but also scientifically accurate. He wanted toys that would help children learn to distinguish between breeds as well as explore various differences in body, pattern, and texture. The challenge was to create something that was cute and cuddly but also detailed and proportionally similar to a real tortoise.
So far the project is only at the prototype stage but he has given me permission to share the work I did. Below are my sketches for three breeds of tortoise, along with photos of two of the finished prototypes. For more info you can follow the project on Facebook.
“The Great Exchange” is one of my most popular and widely shared webcomics. Several people have asked for prints so I decided to pull the trigger and get some made. I just picked them up from the printer and I’m very happy with how they turned out!
Actual size: 8″w x 19″h (20cm x 48cm). Printed on 80lb stock. Matte finish with just a hint of gloss. Shipped in a sturdy cardboard tube.
If you’d like to frame it, I recommend this frame on Amazon.Order Print
Once again I’ll have a table at Minnesota’s great comic book fest, MSP Comicon. This year’s event will be in the grandstand at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, May 19-20, 2018 (10am-6pm Sat., 10am-5pm Sun.). It’s a fantastic show packed with artists, publishers and fans who love all things comics, and the people who put it on are top-notch. Minnesota nice at its finest!
I’ll be selling prints of my cartoons as well as copies of my new book Mostly Nonsense, which was successfully funded on Kickstarter and selected by the Kickstarter team as one of their “Projects We Love”. Stop on by and say “Hi!”
Today is Good Friday, the day we remember Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. It was a bad day for Him but a very good day for us!
In between client projects I do cartoons that I post as a webcomic called Sketchbook Silliness. Most are just dumb jokes but every once in a while I’ll try to draw something thoughtful, often relating to my Christian faith. Some of them wind up being my most popular and widely-shared cartoons. So, in honor of Good Friday/Easter I thought I’d share three of them.
A few years ago I co-produced and co-animated a short little cartoon about Christianity for one of my clients, Living Waters. They let me know it just passed one million views on YouTube!
(I no longer do animation, choosing instead to specialize in illustration and cartooning, but I still think this is pretty cool.)
Also, because of the video’s message this is perfect timing for Easter. Go ahead and give it a watch.