Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April Showers...

... bring May flowers. A new postcard piece.

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And here are some process sketches...

Messy scribbles in my sketchbook (this measures about 1" wide.):

Bigger (about 3") as the idea is being formed:

Rough sketch to size:

And the cleaned-up sketch, ready to go to final art:

(As of yesterday the crocuses have popped their little heads out of the ground here. Yay.)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014

State of the Desk

Messy. The State of the Desk is messy. But it's all good, because I'm deep in the midst of a new project that involves a lot of research, and I'm very excited about it...

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

More Bear and Bird. Also, Cookies.

I feel like I've been hibernating for much of the winter. Why go out when it's icy cold and snowy? Especially when it's nice and cozy in the studio, and I can do what I love best– write and make art.

But, oh yeah– we DO have this thing about making cookies every time it snows. And it has snowed a LOT this winter! (I am capable of eating more cookies than a bear. Heh!)

Here is a wonderful and very thoughtful blogger's review of Bear and Bird. Enjoy!

Art from Bear and Bird, written by James Skofield, Sleeping Bear Press, March 2014.

(Below: Oatmeal-Butterscotch cookies. OH yeah!)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Bear and Bird Giveaway, and an Interview!

It seems like yesterday I was shipping out art for Bear and Bird, and now it's a book! To celebrate the upcoming release in a few weeks I'm hosting a giveaway of three copies. Click on over to take a look!


    Goodreads Book Giveaway


        Bear and Bird by James Skofield



          Bear and Bird


          by James Skofield


            Giveaway ends March 16, 2014.

            See the giveaway details
            at Goodreads.




      Enter to win

Also, I was interviewed on Kathy Temean's blog this past weekend for her Illustrator Saturday series. Kathy's blog is a wealth of publishing information– I highly recommend it. Here's the link:

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hibernatin' & Thumbnailin'

When the weather outside is like this (just above 0°F):

I move my workspace to where it's warmest in the house.

Pup agrees.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Happy, Merry, Greetings, All

Wishing everyone a wonderful season, whatever you may celebrate!

(Art from Little Author in the Big Woods, A Biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, 
Written by Yona Zeldis McDonough, Christy Ottaviano Books, coming Fall 2014.)

Monday, December 2, 2013

Announcement! (Woot!)

I've had a lot of things to be thankful for this year, and here's one more...

I am thrilled to officially announce that I'm now represented by:

Marietta B. Zacker at the Nancy Gallt Literary Agency!

(Let the happy dancing begin!)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Inky Mappy Details

I like to do highly detailed work first thing in the morning, before I've put in my contact lenses, when I can hunch up close to pen and paper and see clearly.

After a while it all starts to look like random marks of abstract ink. Time for more coffee.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Morning Artmaking...

... because I need all of the hours!

(Confession: I like early morning work hours the best, even without deadlines.)

Monday, October 7, 2013

Goodreads Giveaway for No Moose!

The official book birthday for There Are No Moose on This Island! is this Friday! To celebrate I'm giving away 3 signed copies.

Since I couldn't get the widget to display properly, we're gonna do this old-school style, so...

click here to enter!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


I'm in the midst of transferring sketches to watercolor paper for an awesome new book project.* These will be black & white pieces. (Have I mentioned before how much I adore working in black & white?) It's important to get the bones of the drawing down accurately at this point, and then build it up from there.

Below, sneak peek of a cleaned-up sketch:

More about this book in the coming months!

(*I think I probably say awesome too much. Is that such a bad thing??)

Friday, September 6, 2013

52 Great Reads at the National Book Festival!

What a way to finish up a week that was already pretty good... this, from the National Book Festival's website:

Every year, a list of books representing the literary heritage of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands is distributed by the Library of Congress's Center for the Book during the National Book Festival.

And this year's selection for the state of New Hampshire is...

The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever!

Click here to see the entire 52 Great Reads list.

(Hooray, Rebecca Rule!)