Thursday, July 3, 2014

Good Review for "This Old Band"

The publisher sent this over. It's the book review for this old band from the School Library Journal. Apparently it supposed to be in their July issue. 
 
This Old Band
 
WISSINGER, Tamera Will. Illustrated. by Matt Loveridge. 32p. Sky Pony. 2014.
 
The popular nursery rhyme “This Old Man” gets a fresh twist in this picture book filled with rhyming and counting fun. Using a variety of homemade instruments and objects, the cowpokes set out on the open range. They make some unexpected friends as they play their music through the day—and all through the night—while counting down from 10 to 1. “Number eight/Plays click click/Eight plays click click with a stick./With a tick tick boodle pick,/Play a mustang song./This old band plays all day long.” Clever use of alliteration and rhyme, as well as laugh-out-loud funny tongue-twisters, complement the singsong nature of the story, making this an ideal book for both storytimes and one-on-one sharing. The bright, lively cartoon art complements the story, blending likability with silliness, and is sure to encourage readers to sing along. Librarians and caregivers will appreciate the creative use of language and the reinforcement of counting skills, which work in tandem to encourage early literacy development.–Natalie Braham, Denver Public Library
 
Good reviews are far easier to take than criticism :)

Thursday, May 8, 2014

This Old Band

This book is coming out on June 3rd through Sky Pony Press, and it was a lot of fun! It's all about a group of old cowboys and their makeshift instruments they use to form their band. I don't think I could have hand-picked a funner book to work on. The author of this book is the very talented Tamera Will Wisinger. Here is the cover, with a few interiors. To see some more of the interior images you can go here. If you want to buy a copy, you can buy it at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, Booksamillion.com, or Indiebound.org







Poetry Books

I've recently had a few books I've been working on come out.  This one is from Capstone Publishing, it's from the Poet in you series. There are 4 different poetry books, all with a different theme. I got to do the cover of the book dealing with nonsense and silly things :) It's called "Tickles, Pickles, and Floofing Persnickles". I also got a few poems Published in the sports book titled "Pucks, Clubs, and Baseball Gloves". As a bonus I was excited to see that they had chosen my illustrations for the back covers of all 4 books. Here is the cover, back covers, and a few of my poems just for fun.
you can see the rest of the interior illustrations here.





Friday, October 25, 2013

Happy Halloween!

"The Dog of Frankenstein"
I've never taken a drawing from sketch to finish digitally, so this is a first for me. if I had a little more time I'd probably add some more texture to the back ground. Let me know what you think.


Friday, May 24, 2013

New Book out! "LOONIVERSE Stranger Things"

 


I'm pretty excited to have my first published illustrations come out this last week!  I got the call a little over a year ago to see if I was interested in working on this series of books. They're beginning chapter books with illustrations on each page, so they've been keeping me pretty busy. I just finished the final drawings for the third book and should be starting the 4th in a couple weeks.  The series is really fun and with a lot of crazy stuff going on, so I've really enjoyed it.  The rest of the upcoming series can be seen here.

Friday, March 29, 2013

IF: Egg

Nothing to fancy this time. Just an ink wash out of my sketchbook.
Kind of reach for the stars kind of thing (until you discover you can't fly).

Monday, February 18, 2013

Last of the set


I'm putting up the last of my barnyard poems, lest I forget and never put them up. I think "offspring" was my favorite, even though it may not be entirely appropriate for a kids book.


 


 
 
 
 
if "offspring" is confusing you can go ask an old farmer.

Monday, February 4, 2013

More Barnyard Poetry

I wonder how many people have to type on their blog something like "Wow it's been so long since I've posted something" for it to lose all meaning. What's that? We've already passed that point. Well ok then, I won't point out how long it's been and I'll just post something.

Not that one excuse is ever better than another, I will say that twins seem infinitely harder than any of our previous kids. Maybe infinitely is an exaggeration, but way harder than just double. That and the fact that I just finished the illustrations for the the second "Looniverse" books, both lend to the reason I've been so absent.  Despite being busy I do love it. I just love drawing. I'm just breaking in a new sketchbook, so in the mean time I'll go ahead and post the rest of my barnyard poetry pages.
Hope you enjoy!
 
 




 
 





Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fancy Goat, and other things


In addition to the poems, I also have some farm animal inspired images I'll be posting. I haven't posted any for a while so I'm adding a few extras today. Hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

IF - Wool (aka Sheep Haiku)

I've been playing with these different types of poems coupled with drawings of farm animals, and was so excited to finally see a theme on Illustration Friday that I could use with one of them.  Hope you enjoy, I'd love to hear any thoughts or comments.
 

Friday, September 28, 2012

A Compendium of Barnyard Soliloqueis and Other Hogwash

Life with twins has proven itself to be full time crazy.  Between the babies, side work, and our older kids homework there's not much time for sketching. Luckily there's always church. I think that's where I get in most of my sketching done these days (so quiet & everyone holds so still).  In attempt to acclimate myself to the new level of frenzy in the house, I'm giving myself some self assignments that I hope will push me to post with more frequency.  These first posts are some poetry / pencil drawings I've been working on about farm animals.  I'll try and post one every couple days.This first one is called Noble Steed let me know what you think!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

IF: Prepare (Toothfairy)

It's never a good sign when you forget you're password to your own blog. I think that means I need to post more frequently. A lot of things have changed since my last post. I got a second job teaching art classes at an art center, and we found out that Jackie is pregnant . . . . with twins! Pretty crazy but we are excited. So all of that along with the holidays really hindered any new work. Well I'm back in the swing of things and will be posting artwork more regularly.
Enough talk here's my latest attempt to add to the old portfolio. It's my first attempt at an "all digital" painting, I still have to work out some kinks before I feel totally comfortable. I'd love some feed back.

Friday, September 30, 2011

IF: Hibernate


"I know it's time to hibernate, but I still think 80% is too high"
Some of my friends may have already seen this painting, but it fit with the topic so good I had to use it. Let me know what you think.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

IF: Shadows


"When you’re a dragon your campfire stories might be too scary"
This is one I've been working on for a book I wrote called The Trouble With Being a Dragon. Let me know what you guys think.