Mostly Nonsense is 100% Funded!

We did it! Mostly Nonsense is going to be published! Now I’m busy polishing up the final file to send it off to the printer. No guarantees but if all goes smoothly I’m hoping to have all the books out to everyone before Christmas.

Every Kickstarter backer will get several bonus rewards in addition to the book, including:

CARTOON MEMES – A pack of memes you can use to send well wishes to friends on social media (Happy Birthday, New Baby, etc.)

SKETCHERCISE PDF – 120 of my warmup sketches. These predate Sketchbook Silliness so there are no jokes, but what they lack in humor they make up for in elbow grease.

POSE DRAWING SPARKBOOK PDF – Designed to help you put more life and personality into your drawings. Contains hundreds of drawing prompts and six mini-chapters with thoughts and tips for making your drawings more expressive. A $15 value.

TWO MONTHS OF BONUS CARTOONS – Once every week or two I draw an exclusive bonus cartoon only for my $3 and up Patreon backers. For two months, my Kickstarter backers will get those cartoons too!

The Kickstarter ends at 4:20pm CST tomorrow (Thursday, Dec. 7) and then these bonus goodies disappear. If you have friends or followers who might be interested in them please share about Mostly Nonsense before it’s too late. Here’s the link: http://kck.st/2AiVpj0

Thanks again to all of you for your encouragement and support!

Pose Drawing Sparkbook Reprint?

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Back in 2013 I ran a successful Kickstarter to create the Pose Drawing Sparkbook, a super-charged sketchbook designed to help artists put more life and personality into their drawings. Several hundred copies were printed and sold. People really seemed to like them and the book got some good reviews on several animation and art blogs. But once the dust settled I found that the digital PDF ebook far outsold the physical book. It’s cheaper, more portable (just keep it on your phone), and can be used alongside any sketchbook or drawing app. In fact, the PDF is still the most popular item in my online store.

The physical copies sold out long ago but I still get requests from people asking if it will ever be reprinted? It seems there are a lot of people who would rather just draw directly in the actual book.

If I do a reprint, it would be an “updated and expanded version”. I took a survey from my Kickstarter backers to see if they were happy with their purchase (most were) and asked for suggestions/improvements. Based on that feedback, if I do a reprint I’d likely add new drawing prompts, some new sample artwork, and perhaps a new mini-chapter on adding humor to your drawings. I’ll also upgrade to a better binding since a couple of people had problems with the cover coming loose from the coils.

Before I go to all that trouble, I’d like to know if it’s something people want? If you might be interested in purchasing a physical copy, shoot me an email or leave me a comment/message on Facebook or Twitter. You don’t have to promise to buy one, just let me know if you might consider it. But the best thing you can do is share this blog post on social media so that other people can give me their input as well.

Finally, with Inktober just around the corner don’t forget to download your FREE list of 31 sketchbook ideas. About 2/3 of them are from the Pose Drawing Sparkbook and the others are new.

Free Download: Inktober Sketchbook Ideas

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It’s that time of year again. The leaves are turning color, the air is getting chilly, and artists everywhere are getting ready for Inktober! If you need some Inktober drawing ideas, I’m once again offering a free PDF download of 31 drawing prompts based on the Pose Drawing Sparkbook. About 2/3 of the list is directly from the book, the rest are new (as of last year anyway). As with everything in the book they are specifically designed to help you practice making your drawings more expressive and entertaining:

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Here’s the list in non-PDF form:

  1. Trying to close an overstuffed suitcase.
  2. A clumsy jester has spilled wine all over the king.
  3. A caveman teaching his pet dinosaur to play fetch.
  4. “I just heard the funniest joke!”
  5. An old professor chases his escaped lab rat through the university library.
  6. Asking a loan shark for money.
  7. Haven’t slept in three days.
  8. Illustrate “dignity”
  9. A hermit describing how he was abducted by a UFO.
  10. ‘The boy who cried wolf’ realizing that this time no one is coming.
  11. “There, there. It’s be all right.”
  12. A coach blowing his top during a halftime locker room speech.
  13. Learning to roller skate.
  14. A hammy actor fumbles and drops the skull during a performance of “Hamlet”
  15. An imaginative child playing with a cardboard box.
  16. Illustrate “macho”
  17. Just spilled a drink on your laptop.
  18. A timid person confronting a bully.
  19. Opening a door with your arms full.
  20. A young farm boy tries to get a stubborn goat out of it’s pen.
  21. Really telling someone off!
  22. “I may be old but I could still whip both of you!”
  23. At home alone watching a scary movie.
  24. Illustrate ”headache”
  25. Someone smashing their thumb with a hammer.
  26. Walking into a gust of wind.
  27. Telling a story to a child.
  28. A nervous criminal attempting his first robbery.
  29. “Aw, shucks!”
  30. Illustrate “out of breath”
  31. Dr. Jekyll transforming into Mr. Hyde

Unfortunately physical copies of the Pose Drawing Sparkbook are sold out but the PDF/ebook version is still available in my studio store. It’s cheaper, easy to carry around, and works as a companion to any normal sketchbook. NOTE: I still get requests for physical copies so I’m thinking of doing a second printing if there’s enough interest. If that’s something you’d like to see, please shoot me an email and let me know.

In the mean time, enjoy this free download and please share it with others. Just post this link on your favorite social media: http://bit.ly/1tnlfqY

Happy drawing!

Inktober Sale on Pose Drawing Sparkbook, Expanded Edition

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We’re in the final stretch of Inktober!

Doing a drawing a day for an entire month is a big challenge. It’s easy to run out of steam after a couple of weeks. To help encourage you to finish out the month, I’ve marked down the Pose Drawing Sparkbook, Expanded Edition (ebook). It’s now 50% off (was $15.00, now only $7.50) from now until the end of October 2015. The Sparkbook includes hundreds of drawing prompts as well as six mini-chapters of tips and info designed to inspire you to put more life and personality into your drawings.

I hope this helps you finish Inktober with a bang!

Sketchbook Update: Inktober 2015, Day 4

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Based on a prompt from the Pose Drawing Sparkbook that reads, “I just heard the funniest joke…” I was listening to some Louie Anderson stand-up while I drew this, which also helped.

You can get a free download of Inktober drawing prompts from the Pose Drawing Sparkbook here. No strings attached.