06 December 2012

Two friends becoming better friends

"Let's take a photo so we can upload it to Facebook and tag each other!"
They're all, "OMG!"
(No, these two are definitely not like that.)

I wonder how they would look on a painted background...

"No, take it with Instagram!"
 So I painted them again, and changed their hair and outfits a bit.
Girls are always changing hair and outfits, in case you didn't know.
"What filter is THAT? I look so washed out."
Then I had a "happy accident."
"Hi. I'm Marcy, and I have a tote bag."
Marcy looks better on her own, I think.

04 December 2012

Two friends posing together for the first time

They just met, which is why the image is so sketchy. Let's see how this friendship develops.

17 October 2012


Fall conjures imagery of New England and colonial timez, so I'm making a piece to satisfy those inclinations. Bye!

10 October 2012

The Masters of the Universe

"Our wish is your command."

14 September 2012

Opening this weekend

The Spell, 2011
My work is on display at the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, MA.
The opening is this Saturday, September 15th from 6pm-8pm.
I'm honored to have been selected to take part in this show of children's book art.
Click here for more info.

Danforth Museum • 123 Union Avenue, Framingham, MA 01702

12 September 2012


I have been manipulating pixels and vectors and font-ing around for the past several weeks.
At last the time has come again for picture-painting!
Here is a small piece of an initial sketch of a thing I hope turns out OK.

11 September 2012

27 July 2012


"I daresay every artist of the future will quite enjoy depicting us."

19 July 2012

"Hello...? Sir... sir?"

"Sir? Are you there, sir?"
Kirsten Sims and I are working on a book together. This is one of the guys in the book. So far.

18 July 2012

Percy and TumTum at the Oakland Farmers' Market

NO, not this Oakland...

 THIS Oakland!
My hometown : )

Like Peter Rabbit, I'm gonna hop on over the GWB and set up shop amid the corn, carrots and lettuce at the wonderful new Oakland Farmers' Market. You can spy me and many copies of Percy and TumTum: A Tale of Two Dogs in my booth from 9am till 1pm.
Special thanks to Jane Graham for hooking me up with this special event!

Oakland Farmers' Market:
Saturdays 9am-1pm
Veterans Dr, Oakland, NJ 07436 (in the Board of Education parking lot within the Municipal Plaza, right on Rt. 202/Ramapo Valley Road)

12 July 2012

Fun with Percy and TumTum

I'm doing another reading! Tomorrow (Friday), July 13th at the Danforth Museum in Framingham, MA.
I am honored to take part in the Free Fun Fridays series, which runs all summer. We'll read fun books and do drawing activities! You should come.

11 July 2012

These guys


... have terrible posture!
They should go to City Acupuncture for the Computer Cruncher massage.

10 July 2012

This lady

...looks like she could use a foot massage or a glass of wine.
Hopefully she is on her way to City Acupuncture!

04 July 2012

Happy 4th of July!

Beer, hot dog, patriotism.

18 June 2012

A Jolly Time

I have just returned from a Boston area book tour + illustrator's conference. It was an "all my favorite things" trip! Highlights:
Serving as a judge in the excellent phenomenon known as Literary Death Match:

My dear friend and EVP of Literary Death Match Boston, Kirsten Sims, on left
I'm the one sitting.
Visiting the Cambridge Community Center (Photos by Kirsten Sims)
reading Percy and TumTum
Group drawing!
They were so game.
New best friends.
...had a fine time at very cool establishment Tres Gatos in Jamaica Plain, MA.

and was honored to kick off the Friday Morning Storytime series at Curious George Bookstore in Harvard Square!
photo courtesy of Kirsten Sims
The Danforth Museum invited me to come and chat about an event for mid-July. This year I participated in The Giving Tree Project, a unique exhibition in support of children’s literacy.  I was overjoyed to see my artwork displayed in the entrance of the museum store. The Danforth is a gem of a place. They have a fantastic collection curated by very clever and warm staff members. A lovely time.
Isy Mekler, the genius behind the Giving Tree Project. My tree is the pink one on the left.
(Photo credit: Yoon S. Byun/globe staff )
The biggest event was ICON7, the illustrator's conference, in my old college home of Providence, RI. Eighty-four hours of illustration presentations, advice, discussion, inspiration in one of my absolute favorite places in the world. I loved every single minute of it. So much fantastic work!
And I'm psyched about all the cool new buddies I met.
The auditorium. Art by Chris Buzelli.
Paul Sahre and Brian Rea discussing their recent collaboration, Malcolm Gladwell Collected.

Bacon, pâté, Lingonberries, mesclun and cucumbers on brioche.
Sleeping on couches and in guest rooms for 14 nights made me feel like some kind of touring musician, which is cool because there was a time when I really did want to be a rock star and actually played in a band which opened for the *brag alert* Arcade Fire before they were anybody. I forgot the lyrics mid-song and sang the same verse twice. Fortunately no chords were bungled. That would have been worse.
I have no photo documentation because cameras were not invented yet. It was that long ago.

I am so glad to be home. I am so glad to be glad. Seeya later!

31 May 2012

Literary Death Match: Boston

Goodie goodie gumdrops! I get to be a judge in the prestigious Literary Death Match on June 7th in Boston! You are so lucky if you get to go, because there are only 80 tickets being issued. Last time I went to one of these I experienced all 7 human emotions. It's surreal, and all-encompassing at the same time.

Thursday, June 7, 2012
The Comedy Studio, 1238 Massachusetts Avenue (above the Hong Kong Restaurant), Cambridge
Doors at 7:30, Show at 8:00 (sharp)
Drinks afterwards

15 May 2012

Ashly&Dedna Makeover

Today I'm taking the girls to the salon. Ashly's just going for a trim and to get her color brightened, but Dedna needs a lot of work. I hope she doesn't cast a spell on me for re-vamping her look.

06 May 2012

Party at BookCourt TONIGHT!

I'm gonna be pouring some wine for all you book lovers this evening at BookCourt in Brooklyn! Come and celebrate the release of Percy and TumTum. 7 PM!

163 Court Street (between Pacific and Dean)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
F to Bergen/ N,R to Court Street /A, C to Jay Street MetroTech
...or bike!

26 April 2012

Gifted Children Prefer 'Percy and TumTum', Studies Show

Percy and TumTum are on the loose in less that 7 days!
Here are some nice photos of exceptional children enjoying their new favorite book.

08 March 2012

Ouija Outrage

Not sure what's happening here, but it looks like he got some bad news.
"You lie!"
Typical of the sort of thing I find doodled on the backs of unfinished paintings or color studies.

07 March 2012

Rain girl

"It's raining in my small heart!"

05 March 2012

Logo playtime

It's been so, so long since i've been a-posting. What do you think of these logo re-design sketches?
"I'm fancy"

"I look like the Purple Pie-Man."

A tussle with some dust bunnies resulted in a big splinter, AKA 'Sliver'.
I boiled some needles and instruments and, aided by my trusty magnifying lamp, showed it who was boss.
Bye bye, splinter!

14 February 2012

TumTum's Valentine

Even Percy likes Valentine's Day.

09 February 2012

TumTum is Coming!

"The contentious relationship between a Dachshund and a Pomeranian escalates to a nail-biting crescendo in this lively picture book. An instant classic."

06 February 2012

These are some doodles I did. Have a good day!

02 February 2012

The Prophecy of P. Phil

I'm not surprised, Phil. Winter hasn't really even begun...

01 February 2012

WTF Wednesday

WTF indeed- it's 60 degrees outside and I would LIKE to be doing this:


Alas, perhaps a bike ride will be just the thing.

I love love love my bike, by the way. It is HUGE and heavy.
I feel so safe and comfy on it. It is much more to my liking than the thrifted 10-speeds I used to ride.
It's a Batavus Fryslan, in case you are curious.
The scarf is from my friend Patrick.
I have a BIG EYE in this picture because I am always wide-eyed when I ride around the city, both because of the landscapes I'm taking in, and because there are lots of crazy antics in the road and if you don't pay attention you will run over people who wander into the bike lane trying to hail a taxi or take a photo, just like I'm doing in this run-on sentence.
Once I rode past a person who said "VROOM VROOM!".
That was funny.