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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.

Bill Plympton and Green Lantern

Bill Plympton and Green Lantern Book Designs

Above are two recent books that I designed, Independently Animated: Bill Plympton and Constructing Green Lantern From Page to Screen, both published by Universe. The Plympton book is just recently out, and available now, whereas the Green Lantern book is coming out a few weeks prior to the movie, so its interiors remain confidential for now.

I’ll find time eventually to update the McD Workshop portfolio with all the latest projects, including the Portlandia animation that recently aired (embedded above) and hopefully a new TV project that I’m contributing animation to that could develop into a series, we’ll see. Also on the slate of upcoming projects is the promotion for and release of my Sasquatch’s Big Hairy Drawing Book, stay tuned for that and get your doodling pencils ready.

Sasquatch’s Big Hairy Drawing Book Cover

Sasquatch's Big Hairy Drawing Book Cover

YEssS! Along with editor Jason Sacher, art director Michael Morris and the remote conference room full of important people who look at covers at Chronicle Books, I produced a cover for the upcoming Sasquatch’s Big Hairy Drawing Book that everyone can say “OK, sure, why not” about. Above is a snap of the proofs which look A-OK.

Sasquatch’s Big Hairy Drawing Book

Sasquatch's Big Hairy Drawing Book Cover Design in Progress

I love looking at process posts on artist and designer blogs. Sometime in the last year or two a post on the Chronicle Books blog caught my attention. It was a post about the cover design process for an art book all about movie posters. The amount of covers that were produced for this title floored me. I liked so many of them. Even as a book designer myself (I’ve designed five complete art books amongst other small press projects), I’ve never approached the 28 or more cover designs that are on that post. Usually five to ten designs of varying uniqueness end up being produced as we hone in on the most successful cover.

Now I that I am being published by Chronicle Books and we are still working on the cover for my debut drawing book, Sasquatch’s Big Hairy Drawing Book, I am enjoying the process with the knowledge that their catalog of books always looks so great—and does so for a reason: the intense cover design wringer that their titles go through before being transmitted to print. Check out a bunch of rough sketched designs for my book above. Note that some are variations of each other and towards the bottom the book gets a new title! By the time this book lands on store shelves in fall 2011 I expect that I’ll have a few more designs to share.