This month I celebrated the release of my latest picture book, "I Am A Unicorn!" I was very grateful to have gotten to present the book to both of my kids' schools—a smaller classroom reading at my son's preschool, and a larger presentation to the elementary school.
The photos are actually not that exciting. After all, it is a gym full of K-2nd graders staring at a projector. BUT... They really seemed to enjoy it. Especially the speed drawing video. (you can see it here). one of the things I did was to turn many of the pages into little animated gifs (look at me dusting off my prehistoric animating skills!).
I just wanted to give a super big THANK YOU to all the teachers and staff and everyone that purchased a book.
This month (March, 2017) I had the opportunity to talk to some the kids in Ms. Chin's class at Columbus North International High School about the creative process and what it takes to be a freelance artist. The assignment I made up for them was to draw a tree. Just a plain old boring tree... but of course they had to make it unique. The problem was that they had to think beyond what they know as trees... push the boundaries... AND to complicate things even more - Ms. Chin's class is the CHINESE class. So it was a two part assignment writing and drawing. In some cases, they were limited—to a degree—as to how they could describe their tree to the words and characters that they knew.
It was fun (for me)... and I hope they had fun as well.
Of course I played along... here is my "tree" (in English - I wouldn't dream of speaking Chinese!)
I love watching speed drawings and am so happy that I have the ability to do them as well. Hopefully I will be able to post more in the future. For now, here's is a little preview of my upcoming book (Sky Pony Press, May 2017).
Stereogum.com asked me to recreate the "set list" that Kanye West kept in the studio while working on "Life of Pablo" - but - here's the kicker - remove all the signatures and add in the artists of their choosing.
Here are a couple process pictures from one of the pieces in my portfolio.
Below is the final art.