Special Effects

Been busy making tons of art but unfortunately, it’s nothing that can be posted online yet. A couple of children’s picture books are coming soon and  I’ve been doing a lot storyboard work which is awesome.  Storyboarding is a lot of fun as it combines my interest in film technique with illustration. The ad work is all very “top secret” but a short film has already been shot so hopefully I can share that soon.

The school year is wrapping up so I’m also busy with my after-school cartooning class. Below is a handout for a lesson on “special effects”.  There are some really talented cartoonists this year and several of them have utilized these techniques to make some awesome comics.  I thought I’d share the handout for other artists (and fans of cat fights).

Speed Lines

SFX, Emanata, Breaking the Panel

Credit goes to Mort Walker (creator of Beetle Bailey) for coining the term “Emanata”.

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Warriors: Skyclan & The Stranger – After the Flood

The last book in the Skyclan trilogy is out today!  Will Skyclan recover from the flood and will Leafstar finally recognize Sol’s true nature?

When Tokyopop went under last year, I was a was in the middle of illustrating the second book in this trilogy.  I was a little worried about the conclusion of this trilogy but thankfully Harper Collins took over publication of the Warriors manga.  Very glad to have worked on the series and thanks to Lillian Diaz-Przybyl at Tokyopop and Erica Sussman at Harper for being such great editors!

Warriors: Skyclan and the Stranger

In addition to the short comic in  Crookedstar’s Promise, a whole new manga has also been released today called Skyclan and the Stranger. This graphic novel follows the cats of Skyclan and the fierce warrior Leafstar, as she struggles to balance motherhood with her leadership duties.  I had a blast developing these new characters, the rocky gorge they call home and their exciting story.  Hope you’ll all check it out!

Skyclan and the Stranger: The Rescue

Comics Class

I’ve been very busy wrapping up the second volume of the Skyclan trilogy and the school year. Twice a week, I teach a comics and cartooning classes to elementary students in NYC. At the end of the semester, I compile all their work in a comics anthology. This group of students did some exceptional work and I just had to share!

This drawing was from an assignment where I had a number of different nouns, adjectives and situation prompts on index cards. The students had to pick random cards and design a character based on the combined description.  This was  a “dumb” “scientist” with “long hair” who “smelled something funny”. I just love this illustration!

Below are more comics and cartoons that appeared in the anthology…