The Accidental Image

One of the surprising things about working in mixed media —- collaging real and handmade objects and digital manipulations –– is how unexpected the results can be.  Digital effects can produce remarkable effects which are also easy to overdo — (the Twirl effect is one ) — in which case they quickly become monotonous  — so…

Outside the Box Part 2: Serendipity, Materials, Images & Narrative

If there’s a Part I, then, naturally, a Part 2 should follow. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to use many different kinds of materials in my illustrated books. It’s very engaging — and it keeps changing. Merriam Webster defines serendipity as  “luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things…

Outside the Box Part 1: My “Pandemic Books “–a New Approach

According to Wikipedia,  the now-popular phrase, “thinking outside the box” originated in the 1970s and 80s, in the business world. “Lateral” thinking is about approaching a problem from a different angle, one that changes your perspective and may lead to innovation. There are even some exercises to get you thinking this way. Sometimes,  though,  a…

“The Most Important Thing an Artist Can Do”– The Thumbnail Sketch

Everybody doodles. Artists doodle. When you get an idea,  the first thing you might do is just scribble something on a piece of paper — just to get it down. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Many masterpieces of painting, sculpture and architecture started out on a piece of scrap paper. If you’re working out…