Monday, October 10, 2016

K-State Kickstarter book is live!

Check it out, pledge, and share with your friends!

Campaign ends November 9.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Rainy Day Books window display

When you have an opportunity to put your book cover in the display store window of Kansas City's most iconic bookstore,  you make it happen!  We had a 20 x 30" foam board poster made for Rainy Day Books and as of this morning it's in the window.

Friday, September 23, 2016

"When I Grow Up, I Want To Be a K-State Wildcat" Coming Soon

This morning we launched the official webpage for my new book, "When I Grow Up, I Want To Be a K-State Wildcat". Currently the site is being utilized as a "coming soon" promotional page to make people aware that the Kickstarter campaign to raise printing costs is almost at hand.

Also on the site are preview images some of the other rewards people will be able to choose, created from images in the book:

18 x 24" poster

 20 x 16" art print

and potentially a second 20 x 16" art print.

Next announcement will be for the launch of the Kickstarter campaign!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

KU book with famous Jayhawks

Got these pictures at Big Slick KC this morning, I'm thankful to Jayhawks Paul Rudd and Jason Sudeikis for being kind enough to pose with me and my book--hopefully they'll enjoy the copies I gave them.  I also left a book at the event for Rob Riggle, I hope he got it!

Monday, May 23, 2016

All KU product has arrived!

Finally got all of our product in today!  Very exciting to see the books and posters as finished product you can see and touch!

I'll be on TV tomorrow (May 24) between 9-10 AM on KCTV5's "Better Kansas City" show to promote the project.  Also tomorrow night I'll be signing at Rainy Day Books in Fairway, KS from 6-7:30 PM

Later this week:  Thursday, May 26 I'll be at Holyfield Winery's Ladies Night Out (Basehor, KS) from 4-9 PM.  Friday, May 27 I'll be at The Raven Book Store (Lawrence, KS) from 6-8 PM.

See you there!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Fun in the Sun

Taking a break from the books to do this one.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Art prints have arrived!

The first item from the Kickstarter campaign to be printed!  As soon as I got these I had to run out and buy a frame.

We'll start sending these out to the Kickstarter backers next week!  If you didn't pledge to the Kickstarter but still want to buy a print, send me an e-mail through and we'll get you set up.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Website update

Just did a big update to my portfolio website, updating it with 2015 work.  LINK

Monday, December 7, 2015

Kickstarter is funded!

The Kickstarter campaign became fully funded as of 8:10 PM on December 4, taking 20 days to reach the goal!

As I write this, there's still eight days left in the campaign, so there's still time to pledge to get your book, poster and print!  Thanks!  Kickstarter link

Sunday, November 29, 2015

"When I Grow Up, I Want To Be a Jayhawk" Kickstarter campaign

I'm very excited to post about this project--this is the first children's book project that I have ever initiated and done on my own.  I'm funding the printing through a Kickstarter campaign that I hope you'll check out!  It's an officially licensed children's book for my alma mater, The University of Kansas, and it's something I've wanted to do for almost 20 years now.  Yes it's a children's book, but I made it so that adults would want to put it on their coffee table too.

At the link you'll find additional things you can pledge, like this 18x24" poster:

And this 20x16" signed art print:
This whole project has been a giant learning experience, from getting it officially licensed, to learning about Kickstarter, to sourcing printing and shipping prices, to learning iMovie in only a few days to make the video, to learning about what does and does not work in doing social media promotion.  Writing the story and making the art was the easy part!

I've been so busy that the project has already been up on Kickstarter for two weeks now and we are currently 64% funded.  There's two weeks left to get the final 36%.  Here's the Kickstarter link again.  Thank you for your pledges!

12/2/15 update: This project has been profiled on a couple of places on the web.

Dave Ramsey - "Junior" books

At the start of 2015 I took on a monumental project, to illustrate six books in six months for financial guru Dave Ramsey.  There was no way I could do it totally on my own, so I teamed up with John Trent and Kenny Yamada for the flats and rendering.  It took down to the last day to get these done!

The whole product came out last month.  Here's the link if you'd like to explore further.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

VeggieTales Noah's Ark book

A project I can actually put up!  Here's a book I illustrated in December that is on sale in March.

Also, a sketch for a page that wasn't used.  This would have been fun to paint.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Licensed ornaments

I found these at Target today, probably the last batch of stuff I designed while at Hallmark. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Parris toy catalog cover

 I've spent practically the entire year working on projects covered by non-disclosure agreements, so it's nice to be allowed to post a project online for once.  I've been doing a lot of illustration styles lately that de-emphasize linework, so it was almost a new experience going back to comic-style lines and color.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dumbo baby shower invitation

Something I made for fun.  Names and dates reflect the creators and animators of the Dumbo book and movie.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Some of the last Hallmark cards

Here's some of the last Hallmark cards I did before leaving the company, that are now or have been on sale.   I'm particularly happy with the NFL card below, one of the few cards I got to illustrate from start to finish.

When you open the card up, the scoreboard pops out, the lights start to flash, and Queen's "We Will Rock You" starts to play.

That's about it for the Hallmark cards.  There might be one or two more yet to come out, I'm not sure.  And I've got some ornament product coming out at Christmas that I'll photograph once it's in stores.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Albert Einswine pics

I can't put online almost any of the work I'm doing nowadays due to NDAs, but I can put up photos I took this weekend of the work I did for the Alburnt Einswine barbecue team.  They ended up taking 18th place out of 184 teams in the famous Great Lenexa BBQ Battle.   I got to eat their food, it was excellent!