Warm Christmas Wishes!

In between client projects I draw silly cartoons. I post them as a webcomic called Sketchbook Silliness. Click on over and browse the archive.

If you support my cartoons on Patreon you can see an earlier version of this illustration with a different twist on this gag. You’ll also get lots of other goodies like early access, rough sketches, links, downloads, drawing tips, writing tips, recommended resources, AMA’s, and more!

Either way, I want to thank you for your interest in my work. May your Christmas season be filled with friendship, laughter, and peace.

Children’s Book: The Fish Who Wouldn’t Swim

One of my regular clients is Goldfish Swim Schools. Several years ago I designed a mascot for them, Bubbles the Goldfish. Earlier this year they asked me to write and illustrate a board book featuring Bubbles that they could sell in their retail locations. They wanted a story that would both encourage kids to swim also promote the school. This project was a couple of “firsts” for me:

1. While I’ve illustrated books in the past, this was the first time I was also the author.

2. This was also my first time doing the bulk of a client project on a tablet. The sketches and final art were all done on an iPad Pro using Procreate. I only had to use Photoshop to lay out the text and do some final touch-ups.

I’m told the book is only available at their physical locations and can’t be ordered online, but the client has given me permission to show a few pages:

Animal Character Designs

Dr. John Trent is a best-selling author who runs a Christian ministry called Strong Families. On their website they offer a free personality test, the results of which sort people into four broad personality type. Each one is represented by a different animal (Otters, Lions, Golden Retrievers, and Beavers). Different versions of the animals have been used in the past, including classy black-and-white line art versions for their website and illustrated versions for a children’s book called The Treasure Tree. I was hired by Strong Families to design an updated cartoon versions of each of the four animals.

Visit to Andrews McMeel Universal Syndicate

This past weekend our chapter of the National Cartoonists Society gathered in Kansas City, MO for an afternoon of presentations at Andrews McMeel Universal. They are the company behind GoComics and the syndicate that distributed The Far Side and Calvin and Hobbes as well as modern webcomics like Sarah’s Scribbles, Heart and Brain, and Phoebe and her Unicorn.

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Podcast Interview: Up and At ‘Em

During my “day job” as a freelance illustrator I sometimes get hired to work as a courtroom sketch artist. I’ve been at it for about fifteen years and have sketched for some of Minnesota’s highest profile trials during that time including a school shooting, an attempted ISIS recruitment, the kidnapping/death of Jacob Wetterling, and the fight over Prince’s estate, and two police shootings.

Last night I was the featured guest on a popular daily podcast about Minnesota news called Up and At ‘Em. We discussed courtroom sketching, cameras in the courtroom, and Gallagher’s sledge-o-matic (most of the discussion is during the second half of the show). They also gave some love to my webcomics and my book Mostly Nonsense.

Listen here or search for “Up and At ‘Em” (episode #538) on just about any podcast app.

I’ll be at MSP ComiCon Saturday, Oct. 6

This coming Saturday (Oct. 6) I’ll be at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds for the annual Fall ComiCon. I’ll be there along with 150 other creators selling my book of gag cartoons Mostly Nonsense as well as prints of my cartoons. If you are in the area stop on by and say “hi!” Tickets and more info at https://www.mcbacomicons.com.