Kickstarter: The Green Ember

I’ve been working on a project that I’m excited to tell you about:


Written by S.D. Smith, illustrated by me, and published by Story Warren, The Green Ember is an adventure story that involves rabbits with swords. You’ll love it. As the author says in his blog post about the new book, “I made this for you.”

Green EmberCheck out the Kickstarter, reserve your copy, and maybe get some other really cool rewards while you’re at it.


UPDATE: The Green Ember met its Kickstarter goal of $10,000 in just one day! Thanks to all who donated. Go buy a book now during the pre-sale on Kickstarter.


Inkwell: Story Warren’s Family Conference

Exciting news, friends! Registration is now open for Inkwell: Story Warren’s Family Conference.

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Inkwell: Story Warren’s Family Conference
An event for children aged 7 to 17 and their parents

Saturday, June 21
Charlotte, NC
8:30am — 4pm 

From the event page:

Story Warren is all about an alliance. We’re on your side. Our heartbeat is serving your family as you foster holy imagination at home and in your church/community…

In This Together: About the Kids, For the Family
We are focusing on the kids for (and with) the families. We aren’t just aiming to serve your kids,  but to serve your family through your kids…

 The Four Rotating Sessions Will Be:

Andrew Peterson — Writing/Storytelling
Zach Franzen — Drawing/Illustration
Rebecca Reynolds — Poetry/Lyrics
Randall Goodgame — Songwriting/Music


It’s going to be great. Seriously. Register now.


Baby Bird

Here is a painting I did for the nursery of my little 8 mo. old baby bird.


And here’s my baby bird.



Did this Cardinal for James Witmer’s story warren post (The Brave Cardinal) a few weeks ago.



Alexander and Bucephalus

I contribute occasionally to a site called Storywarren.  Starting this week, every Friday will feature a story, or poem, or song for kids.  Some will be new, but some will be old.  This Friday’s post is an old story about a young Alexander the Great and his horse Bucephalus.  I did the illustration below in photoshop.

The great thing about photoshop is that you can thumbnail by zooming out.  I roughed-in the necessary elements until I found something sort of satisfactory.

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The eye scans the picture better if the composition is flipped.  So I flipped the sketch and roughed in the values.

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Next, I tightened the drawing up a bit.  I wanted it to be a little loose but not unreadable.Screen shot 2014-01-06 at 7.23.22 PM

Lastly, I tweaked a few things and added a subtle color gradient for interest.

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And there you have it: Alexander and Bucephalus, or as the kids in the neighborhood used to call them, Al and Butch.


Slugs and Bugs

Loved listening to the songs on Randall Goodgame’s Slugs and Bugs album while working on the illustrations.  You can learn more about it here and here.Sing-the-Bible

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Rough Sketch

Here’s a sketch I did for a project a couple months ago.  The sketch was discarded when they changed the parameters of the project, but I like it and may finish it one day.rough sketch


Little Kid Doodles

little kid doodles


Charles Dickens Series 2

Here’s another attempt to evoke the mood of Charles Dickens’ stories.