Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Three children’s books designed and illustrated by me and published by McClanahan. Grimy, Grubby Gardening by Karen Angelucci, Kentucky’s Boone and Kentucky’s Capitol by Melissa Burton. Read an early review of Grimy below. The background for Boone is Cumberland Gap in March-April, the same time of year Boone’s party crossed through and opened the Wilderness Trail into the Bluegrass. Capitol cover features a night shot taken in the rain with existing light. At bookstores and at www.kybooks.com

Monday, November 9, 2009

The fun illustration of the goat was done in pencil in 1976. (I'm a capricorn) Center is an award my wife and I went to Chicago to receive for a McClanahan book I designed, Cook Talk withCurtis Grace and Friends. I am especially fond of it because it was done on an old MacPlus in 1989. At that time computer book design was in its infancy. The World Young Reader Prize for 2008 (grandprize) held by the old goat was for the Woody Washington series awarded in Europe to the Lexington Herald Leader. I illustrated the series and subsequent book. I did six Woody books (published in association with McClanahan) and four series published in 85 newspapers which reached close to a million readers a week. The article above announced our grandprize win.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Below are examples of commercial prints. Originals are usually commissioned pieces and prints are marketed to various institutions. The series of pride prints (© Progress Prints) were generally done in the mid to late 70s including the University of Kentucky 78 Basketball Championship with a presentation made in Japan as they toured after the win. The tractor prints were a small series done in the 90s.

Page spread and cover design for Merry Christmas from Kentucky by Michelle Stone. (McClanahan) Order online at www.kybooks.com or find it at bookstores. I did the food shots and design.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Two illustrations of Charleston, SC. The first was used for the cover of a book South Carolina, Always in Season (McClanahan). That scene was discovered when my grandson and I were driving to the beach. The second is a miniature painting.  These paintings can also be seen @ http://www.rcstart.com/images.php?q=Marsh%20Lowcountry%20Oil%20Paintings&first=41