All About the Illustrator

 

I grew up just north of Dallas in Plano, Texas. My early life was fueled by Captain Crunch, Dr. Seuss, Fantastic Four comics, the Sunday funnies, Star Wars, and Saturday morning cartoons. I have no memory of a time when I didn’t draw. I spent a lot of my youth (and life in general) filling sketchbooks. In addition to drawing, there was a lot of reading; from there my imagination grew.

In the early ‘90s I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration at the University of North Texas. Afterwards I began my career as a freelance illustrator. I have been a freelancer for over 20 years.

I have illustrated over 90 children’s books. In addition to the children’s books, I’ve created art for packaging, games, toys, licensed characters, and designed characters for children’s TV.

A partial list of my clients includes Scholastic, Random House, Mattel, Hasbro, Reel FX, HIT Entertainment, Western Publishing, F&W Publishing.

Currently I live in McKinney Texas where I am fueled by my wife, two sons, and a lot of caffeine.

 

FAQ

  • What traditional media or software do you use to produce your illustrations?

I draw all of my early loose and tighter layouts with pencil on paper. Once they are to my liking I scan them. The color is primarily produced in Photoshop but I also use Illustrator and Painter on occasion. All final art is delivered in a high resolution digital format.

  • Do you have any other blogs or places where you show your portfolio?

Yes, my portfolio is also available at SCBWI.org . I have sketchbook drawings and work for mostly older audiences at my blog the Dreaded Sketchbook Graveyard.

  • I have written a children’s story and am looking for an illustrator for my self-published book project, are you interested?

First of all congratulations, writing a book isn’t easy! Unfortunately, I am unable to take on self published projects. However if your manuscript is at a place where you feel that it is ready for art, a great place to learn about the publishing industry is SCBWI.ORG (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.) They offer great advice, as well as information about industry guidelines and practices.

  • Can I use your artwork on my products or blog, etc.?

I hold the copyright to the majority of art on this site, however ownership for a number of the images belong to my clients (ex: Scholastic, Inc.)  I only display those images for self promotion. If you are interested in a particular image, please email me from the “Contact” page.  Perhaps we can come to a licensing fee or limited publishing rights agreement.

Regarding blogs and the various interwebs, if you’d like to repost something or link to my site, please feel free.  My only request is to credit me and link back to the original post here.  I’m pretty flexible in most cases, and perhaps I might want to return the favor at some point.