Thursday, May 27, 2010

An Album of Gardens

I've posted an album of Garden Maps that I've done over the years here. (The fun thing is, I've usually worked on them in the depths of winter, when the most I can do is dream about my own garden. At least drawing them is an enjoyable substitute.)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Almost Done!

I'm almost done with the Maggie & Oliver interior pieces! Here they are hanging on my wall, waiting for one more pass to make sure everything is consistent. (And yeah, those are big messy piles on my flat file waiting to be sorted. Sigh.)

And a few more pieces. You'll notice how I cropped the view into my family room. No need to show the perpetual mountain-of-laundry...

I probably shouldn't show any final close-ups until they're all approved, but here's another sketch. It's a smaller spot, one of my personal favorites.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Book Maps Are Good

Apparently there's an article about the value of maps in children's books in the current issue of Horn Book Magazine. Must find a copy...

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Charlotte, N.C. Map

Here's a map I did recently for Charlotte Magazine, for a feature story about how good and bad planning decisions have impacted the city and its future. Fitting a large amount of information that spans a wide geographic area into one spread was a challenge, but I was game for a good one. Keeps the ol' brain cells flexible.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Why I Love the UPS Guy, Too

This arrived last week!
It's always fun to hold the real deal in your hands after so much time...

And then open it up to see your work!

I'm so happy for Kimberly Willis Holt-- the book is getting great reviews.

(And a very special thanks to
Julie at Children's Illustration
You are made of awesome!)