October 27, 2006

A little added extra weight to my workload is this project. I’ve designed a 14 x 200 ft mural that is being completed as a community wide art project on the walls of our neighborhood cinema. The same cinema I might add, where there will be a regional, gala premier of the Stardust movie with all proceeds going to various charities. So right now Pat Jessee, a local arts adminstrator, and her crack team of artists (young and old, short and tall, etc.) are transfering my drawing of various characters out of the past 100 or so years of (mostly) animated films up onto the exterior walls of the Abingdon CineMall. Due to the vagaries of the weather the work is going slower than any of us would want and I’m sure the owner, Steve Weston is wondering when this madness will be complete. But what’s there already is looking very lovely indeed. We WILL have the project completed in time for the movie’s release I’m sure.

Here are my drawings for the left side of the building. I’m presenting them as a series of details, as the actual art is rather too long to show in one piece, executed as it is on many sheets of art board.


Mixing and matching all these characters was a lot of fun. Pat and I about laughed ourselves silly in deciding who to pair with who.


Just think about it, maybe, just maybe Gollum is the bastard offspring of Cruella De Vil and Sher Khan…


There are, quite a few tributes to the work of Hayao Miyazaki, my favorite animation director, in my designs. His film, ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ is perhaps my favorite fantasy movie ever made.


We’ve turned the corner of the building now and the ‘dragon’ will be rippling up and down through handicapped parking signs.


And so we end with our friends from Pixar’s lovely ‘Toy Story’.

I’ll post the whole right side of the building drawing when its done and of course digital shots of the painting in progress and completion.



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October 23, 2006

I just thought that I’d give all of you a heads up to several books that are now available in bookstores everywhere that feature my art. First up is the Fables original graphic novel, ‘1001 Nights of Snowfall’. This is a full color, hardcover collection of graphic narrative tales written by series creator, Bill Willingham. Snow White, as ambasador from the Land of Fable, spins exotic tales from her past each night in an effort to ellude the Sultan of the Arabian Nights deadly decree. Each tale is drawn/painted by a different artist, a veritable whos who of comic art; John Bolton, Jill Thompson, Brian Bolland, James Jean and others. My particular friend and artist extraordinaire Michael Kaluta and I collaborated on some 20 pages that bookend the various tales.


Here is a link to an essay with me explaining this collaborative process, step by step (you’ll have to scroll down the column about half way).



The gorgeous, oversized, first volume of the Absolute Sandman collection is a stunning production on all counts. A lot of attention was lavished on this volume in an effort to correct the myriad art and text mistakes that had crept into previous volumes. AND the first 18 issues of Neil Gaiman’s seminal series has been completely recolored to spectacular results. Not only is the award winning issue, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (which I did the art for) included but the complete script and my preliminary pencils are also there, side by side.



And of course the collected short stories of Susanna Clarke , ‘The Ladies of Grace Adieu’ has finally made it to the bookstores.

Here’s one of the almost 20 interior illustrations.


I’ve posted many other illustrations from this beautifully written book right here on this blog, so just scroll on down to take a look.


And finally The Autumn issue of Faerie Magazine has a 7 page feature on myself with loads of full color art as well as another two pages on my collaborations with Neil Gaiman and Charles de Lint.


The issue is particulary solid this time around, as there are also articles by Ari Berk and Carolyn Dunn and an informative news piece on this past summer’s Mythic Journeys conference. The magazine can be found at Barnes & Nobles bookstores nationwide or ordered from this website:


And that’s all for now folks.



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