Pants Down

Quality Control

I’ll admit that I’ve been caught with an incomplete website fully live. It is better than the last version, which was also incomplete, but additionally had begun advertising illicit ways to purchase prescription medicine in Google search results. It wasn’t me, I swear! I’m busy enough as it is developing my cartoon and book ideas; I’ve got no time to also be an international hacker/drug dealer on the side. Well here’s hoping for the best with this version. Which I will finish this time. Just give it a few weeks.

I believe this is what they call a “soft launch”, right? I’ll just tell myself that. Above, enjoy this artwork from my son and I, from April 2009.

Two New Books in Portfolio

Two new books

Grabbed a moment to update the good ol’ McD Workshop portfolio with new books The Joker and Dudley and Omar’s Moving Garden.

The Joker was written by Daniel Wallace, edited by Robb Pearlman and Steve Korté, with an introduction by Mark Hamill, and designed by myself. Nick Gazin reviewed it over at Vice here (scroll down past the dong drawings), where he opens his review with “Chip Kidd should have made this book”, then Chip Kidd reviewed it over at The Wall Street Journal here.

Dudley and Omar’s Moving Garden was written by Douglas Hammer, designed by Justina Blakeney, overseen/published by Miguel Nelson/Woolly Pocket, and illustrated by myself. It comes stuck in a “Mini Wally” growing pocket and 20% of profits are put towards in-school gardening education programs for kids.

In other book news I have completed design on the new English language edition of Hugo Pratt’s Corto Maltese: The Ballad of the Salt Sea for Universe, which has already been scooped by a few blogs, and I am part way through designing a sci-fi art book along the lines of the Universal Studios Monsters book, also for Universe. Both will be released in 2012.

Me rolling in Sasquatch cash

And of course I still want you to buy my drawing book that is fun for kids, adults and surly teens alike! Sasquatch’s Big Hairy Drawing Book can be ordered for you from you favorite local bookstore, just call them up, or if there are none of those left in your area, there is always online shopping.

In animation news, I have been developing a cartoon project and posting time-lapse drawing videos to the meathaus account as they are produced in fits, and they are collected into a growing playlist that is embedded above. If all goes well with my operating system update later today, I’ll also soon be able to begin posting screen-cast videos of in-progress digital artwork.

Also I recently completed a short animated bit for the Adult Swim show, Eagleheart that required me to look up a lot of disgusting image reference. You’ll see what I mean after I post it. It is part of season two, airing sometime in the near future.

Last, the presentation pilot that I created animation for over the summer for HBO is still hanging in the balance… I think? When there is ultimately a decision either way I’ll be able to share some of the work eventually.

EDIT: I forgot that this should be titled THREE new books in the portfolio because I just added David Jablow’s Do It Yourself Doodler book that I designed for him over there too. Check it out!

Painted Children’s Book

Painted Children's Book

In progress, a few spreads from an illustrated kid’s book that I’ve written and am painting in acrylics on illustration board. I think I posted an image of one of these perhaps six months ago or more on Flickr, but it took me until last month to finally schedule in solid working time on this and a few other projects that I have self-initiated. These paintings still are waiting for me to add some details here and there, such as the butterfly the bear cub is chasing down the hill.

GO FOR THE GOLD! 4 Cover Art

GO FOR THE GOLD! 4 Cover Art

Surprise, another new book. GO FOR THE GOLD! is the name of the sketchbook anthology that we’ve been putting out through Meathaus in which a selection of artists share their sketchbook work. Issue 1 was a hand-made piece with silkscreened covers and photocopied interiors, and I’ve edited and published issues 2-4 using a print-on-demand printer. More info is coming soon on this issue which includes 39 international artists and is an impressive 379 pages long.

Above is the wrap around cover art that I illustrated based on characters from my contribution to the book. Click the image above to get a larger image that you can download and use as a desktop image.

Contributor list: Angie Wang, Arik Roper, Chris Capuozzo, Seth Scriver, Dash Shaw, Fritz Bol, Hannah K. Lee, Jesse Moynihan, Keat Teoh, Kristina Collantes, Matt Houston, Mikkel Sommer, Richard Short, Thomas Herpich, Tomer Hanuka, Victor Kerlow, Devin Flynn, Brandon Graham, Mark Sunshine, Mu Pan, Nick Edwards, Sam Vanallemeersch, Nicholas Gazin, Takeshi Tadatsu, Phil Rynda, Jim Rugg, Grant Reynolds, Jeremy Tinder, Jonny Negron, Jesse Balmer, Jeff Kilpatrick, Max Fiedler, Gary Leib, Pendleton Ward, Jon Boam, Chris McDonnell, Vincent Giard, Farel Dalrymple, Jason Sacher.

Sasquatch and Sasquatch

Sasquatch and Sasquatch

Sasquatch’s Big Hairy Drawing Book made its debut at the 2011 San Diego Comic Con last week. I wasn’t there, but April from Chronicle sent me this photo of a sasquatch that came by the booth to check out the sasquatch related books. I don’t know if he left happy or not based on this photo.

Sasquatch Video Trailer

I’ve spent all morning posting this bad boy all over the internet, so I’ll finally slap it up here. This is a video trailer I made for Sasquatch’s Big Hairy Drawing Book. It makes sense these days for visual books to have video trailers with so many purchasing decisions being made in front of the computer screen. I wonder how many people will browse through the book in a store and buy it. I wonder how many people will watch this video and buy, or decide conclusively not to buy it, heh. Any way I loved the excuse to make a video, so here it is.

San Diego Comic Con

San Diego Comic Con

Sasquatch’s Big Hairy Drawing Book will be available to buy for the first time at the San Diego Comic Con at the Chronicle Books booth, #1506. Chronicle also has a special Comic Con page set up here with 25% off and free shipping. That page mentions “daily raffles” at the convention. One of your daily raffles will be this very, very sad original art of Sasquatch from my drawing book. All you have to do is show up at the booth and write on a raffle ticket to get a chance to win this original, sad ink drawing. It’s already sitting somewhere in California waiting for you!

Oasis Garden

Oasis Garden

I recently finished a book of illustrations about camels and gardening, more info on that soon. Until then, here is a small detail of this massive four page fold-out spread from the book.

I Try It… Now You Buy It

My pal Jenny Drumgoole made the above video which according to the tags on YouTube includes: OS X Lion, exclusive preview, consumer review, T zone, shine, makeup, generic laxative, self defense, shopvac, lions blood, grease, transformers, operating system, and buffering. It also includes a cameo by me and a quick glimpse of Sasquatch’s Big Hairy Drawing Book… since this is an ad for it, after all!

Drawing in the Drawing Book

Big Hairy Drawing Book

There’s no reason why you can’t make the whole book about drawing monsters! Here is Jay’s nephew showing off his Big Hairy Drawing Book creation. I love it. Sweet face stitches! It’s like walking into my older son’s day care class, those kids are always falling into stuff and getting facial stitches (my son included). Also posted another of Jay’s nephew’s drawings on the Flickr.