The Intimacy of Small Things

The Intimacy of Small Things

Love is both small and large. You start by loving what’s right in front of you over and over. The way a mug is placed upon a mat – the feeling it evokes, the harmony of color and composition, all natural, all spontaneous. You observe the beautiful patterns of leaves and branches in trees outside […]

Sneak Peek at LOVO

Sneak Peek at LOVO

For all my wonderful friends, family and fans! I’m so excited… LOVO and the Firewolf is my first graphic novel now in development and scheduled to be published in 2019 by FantaGraphics. Truly a dream come true! Want to follow this new graphic novel as it comes to life? Support me on Patreon for as […]

Inspiration

Inspiration

I love Russian lacquered boxes. These beautiful images are from Russian folklore and the colors are varied and extremely beautiful. I’m using them as inspiration while coloring my LOVO AND THE FIREWOLF graphic novel.

So What’s Wrong with Sweetness?

So What’s Wrong with Sweetness?

I always take it as confirmation that I have succeeded when my work is referred to as “sweet” because I believe we can use more sweetness in this world. Too often, however, sweetness is mistaken for sentimentality — which is never sweet! I enjoy watching Russian animation on You Tube. Much of it is “Soviet” […]

Laying Out a Page

Laying Out a Page

Laying out a page is like playing a game. There are some good things about the page, but always some troubling ones. Is the pacing smooth? Do the character poses adequately convey what I’m trying to express? Does the page have an interesting visual balance? These are all various aspects of storytelling. I tell the […]

Continuity

Continuity

There are different kinds of continuity. One is a surface continuity. Has that broom Lovo is holding suddenly switched hands? Is the fireplace the same size in relationship to the room? I call this, “Logistical” continuity. I feel more like a fact checker than a creative person. I much prefer the continuity that lives UNDER […]

Great News!

Great News!

Last week my newest Benny & Penny book received THREE starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal and Booklist — three for three from the top reviewing publications! I’m very happy, especially since there is a personal connection to this one. You can read more about it at Toon-Books.com and Amazon.