France Sketches: Abbaye de Chaalis

The Abbaye de Chaalis is a Cistercian monastery, the church of which is now in ruins. It must have been enormous, it had 25 chapels and in the abbey’s heyday of the 1300s the abbots were very successful indeed between the game in the woods and the fish in their many ponds. They also had the benefit of money being donated constantly by their local congregation! Now the grounds belong to France and you can visit the works of art–mostly Italian–and the abbot’s chapel with frescoes by Francesco Primaticcio. We got there at nightfall (before 5pm in winter, such a short day!) and I did a sketch of the chapel through the ruins of the church.

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Commission for Karen

Karen contacted me for a very special Father’s Day commission for a trio of lovely individuals: her husband, son, and their beagle. Her son adores his daddy, and loves the romping outdoorsy aspect of summer. I think we have a farmer on our hands with his love for daddy’s ‘tractor’ (Lawnmower) and barns! I produced 3 roughs for Karen to choose from, below.

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She went with one of the more fantastical ones, much to my delight!

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Here are a few close-ups:

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Thank you, Karen! What a wonderful family you have!

2014 World Cup Sketches: Germany v. Ghana

Wow, after a super boring first half the second half was ON FIRE. I always cheer Germany, but Ghana wanted this and played a really good game. They wanted it bad–I was disappointed with how Germany played at first, none of the swift organized teamwork that I saw in 2010. It seemed like they were so non-athletic compared to Ghana. I loved the strut! You earned it, lads! That German keeper was ticked.

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2014 World Cup Sketches: France v. Honduras

Let’s all take a moment not to remember, or even think about, the train wreck that was France during World Cup 2010. Whew! A refreshingly good game from France yesterday, and the way Honduras is going they’ll have a full deck of yellow cards by the time they are eliminated! Such bruisers. Have fun watching from the sidelines, Palacios!

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And let’s keep an eye on Benzema, France #10!

Lettering: Anna Banana Sleep Tight

There is an adorable French series of children’s books called “Ana Ana” by Alexis Dormal and First Second Books is doing the English translations.

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These books are so adorable I will go ahead and call them ‘adorbs’. They are… they are simply totes adorbs, my peeps.

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And I had the very great pleasure of doing the lettering for this book! You can see my best Boings below, pre-cleanup. Many Boings went into making this book. Boings abound.

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Anna Banana Sleep Tight comes out in June, enjoy it at bedtime and any other time!

SCBWI 2014

I will be spending this weekend at SCBWI’s Winter conference here in NYC.

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As part of the Illustrator’s Intensive on Friday, I’ve brought a personal rendition of a scene from Snow White. Here is one of my roughs, please click to enlarge.