Saturday, December 29, 2012

2013 Eustace Tilley

Here's my pic for this year's Eustace Tilley contest for the New Yorker.

I figure Tilley was the original disinterested hipster type... so he can't even be bothered to look at the butterfly. And he's a little rude.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

I hate flying, but love it when I'm in the sky. Here's the view from the flight out of Phoenix (location for Neil Flambe #6)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

"Merry" Christmas...

The great folks at Simon and Schuster asked me to do a festive neil pic for the holiday e-card. 

The words "merry", "jolly" and "happy" rarely find their way into descriptions of Neil, so even a red nose can't cheer him up too much... he's probably wondering if Rudolph would go better with a wine sauce or an elderberry reduction...

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tilley Endures

The New Yorker has launched its Eustace Tilley contest for another year.

Here's my 2012 submission (which was also the very first winner!)

What shall I do this year.......?

Sunday, December 9, 2012


Tomie dePaola is one of my all-time faves, as both a writher and illustrator.

So imagine my joy when I saw that his annual Illustrator Award for the SCBWI members was looking for black and white work.

The challenge is to pick a bit from one of three classic books. I choose Tom Sawyer, a great book... full of kids behaving badly, or perhaps just naturally.

This is Tom during his prolonged absence from ordinary life. I kind of see him as (a) confused by the words on the facing page - he plays hooky a lot (b) perplexed by the mystery sound in the text and (c) beginning to feel the metaphorical deepness of life, which Twain represents as the Mississippi River.