Wednesday, October 17, 2007


I'm really excited for this weekend, because I'm going to be doing a presentation and book signing at Books of Wonder in New York City with one of my favorite illustrators, five-time Caldecott Honor winner, Jerry Pinkney. And as if that's not exciting enough, I'll also be joined by Barbara McClintock, Christopher Myers, and Wendell Minor. Wow!

So if you're in the New York City area, and you love picture books, stop by Books of Wonder on Saturday, October 20, and meet some of your favorite illustrators.

Monday, October 15, 2007


This is a study of rain and clouds I did while I was working on Mudball. The whole story takes place in the pouring rain, so I spent a lot of time looking out the window on rainy days, trying to figure out a good way to draw rain.
rain study, 12.5" x 9", watercolor and pencil, 2003

Friday, October 12, 2007

baseball bookmark

Yesterday, I was asked to make a bookmark for an upcoming school visit, with a little sketch and my signature, so the teachers could pass them out to all the students. I drew this with a black pen, holding a baseball in my left hand while I was drawing. Feel free to print one out.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007


Here's another drawing from an old sketchbook. During a trip to Paris in 1999, I sat in the courtyard outside the Louvre, and drew this picture of a statue of Louis XIV:

Sunday, October 7, 2007

from an old sketchbook

Looking through some old sketchbooks, I found this one I drew while my friends Scott LaPierre and John Pham were playing chess, at my old apartment in Arlington, MA.

Scott Playing Chess, red pencil, 6/28/99