Last Fall I got to do some character designs for a commercial with ATKPLN. I’ve worked with them on a few other commercials before. This one was the first time I explored a whole lineup of characters in 3 different styles before settling on the one that we used for the commercial. Here’s a link to ATKPLN’s website: https://www.atkpln.com/work/be-you?fbclid=IwAR05KaT559ADA4UQa3PfLnajGw7hKYb-EuSwvPit4pPjVucKk5BtcdeXWts
Ho Ho Moooooooo. . .erry early Christmas! lol “Hey! You’re NOT Santa!” (Scholastic) by Ethan T Berlin and illustrated by myself will debut on September 7th, 2021. Be sure to preorder at your local bookstore or online. Its a cute and quirky story about a cow that stalls for Santa. So get your milk and cookies ready, hang those stockings, cause you never know, you may have a cow filling in for Santa this year!
When I was a little, I remember watching the “Really Rosie” animation tv special which had stories by Maurice Sendak and songs sung by Carol King. I loved it so much that I sought other books by Maurice Sendak in the library. One of Maurice’s books in particular has always been a favorite of mine, which was “Pierre A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and Prologue”. So I chose the moment where Pierre puts himself in the Lion’s mouth to eat him. This was for my agents for November Picture Book Month.
“It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk” is out now!!! Written by Josh Funk and illustrated by yours truly. One of my favorite spreads from the book was the title page. I wanted to establish right from the beginning Jack and Bessie’s friendship and to show them in a moment together before the story began. If you look really closely, you can see the silhouette of the Giant’s castle in the cloud shadows created by the moonlight. Also, there is a hidden fairy tale character in this spread. Probably the hardest one to find.
If you have not already purchased “It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk”, its available now at your local bookstore. Or you can purchase it on Amazon at this link http://a.co/fFFuB3d
And because “It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk” was so well received before it debut . . .
This weeks Colour Collective was Blue Bell. Decided to explore one of my favorite childhood stories of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff.” I still remember in kindergarten we had our big school play. One of the stories was the 3BGG. I really wanted to be one of the goats. I did so well in the auditions, I got the lead roll in another play as the Gingerbread Boy. Still to this day, I remember how much I wanted to be a goat lol