Here are a few of the early sketches in the process of creating Snowmastodon! Snow Day Adventure. We had a very short window of 3 months to come up with the story and create all the illustrations so there wasn’t too much time for sketching.
I think ‘Always Cute’ was a good motto to keep in mind as I worked through the illustrations.
Well… Invisibleman certainly has been quiet for a while. Dusty even! I’ll briefly speak to my own absence: Around November of last year I set about writing and putting together a dummy for my Three Friends story. Just as I’d wrapped that up and was plotting getting that out into the world I received an email from a old Syracuse classmate Amiee White Beazley. Amiee was looking for an illustrator for a children’s book she was writing based on the recent amazing paleontological find in Snowmass Colorado. The story was to be about a young mastodon and her friend the giant sloth and titled “Snowmastodon! Snow Day Adventure”. The only trick was we had a very short turnaround time of three months and the story was in rough draft form. So the last 3 months have been a blur with a lot of early mornings and late nights in the studio (aka The Garoffice) but I’m incredibly stoked to have the opportunity to work on this project. People’s Press out of Woody Creek Colorado is the publisher and they were really great to work with. And a huge thanks to fellow invisibleman Jon Keegan who passed my info along to Amiee. Jon has connected me to a lot of incredible opportunities over the years. I’ll have a lot more to blab about and show over the coming weeks but here are some of the final illustrations sans text. Should be published about two weeks from now and copies can be purchased here.
The above image is from the title page. I ended up illustrating the cover text and dropcaps as well.
Snowmastodon and sloth make snow angels while deciding to climb the big mountain.
It seems these two were early proponents of winter board sports.
The publisher allowed me to create endpapers which I was greatly excited about.
More images, sketches and photos to come relating to Snowmastodon – even a couple incredibly cool songs my brother and fellow invisibleman James is creating for the project.
My wife and I just returned from a great trip to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. We hiked among the big Sequoia trees, gained amazing views of the Great Western Divide and walked along cliff-trails that plunged 2,000ft to the valley floor. Our last day there we took a leisurely hike into Kings Canyon and found a clearing to sketch and read in. Among the sketches above are: Sphinx Mountain, Bucks Peak, Kristina reading and an old stump.
You see lots of fire damage throughout the parks – in fact, fire is a crucial element in the reproduction of Sequoia trees: the fire causes the giant tree’s tiny pinecones to release its seeds. I’m not sure what kind of tree this burned fellow is but I enjoyed sketching it.
The lower ramparts of Glacier Monument in Kings Canyon.
First off: I have finally redesigned my website! For a long while I’ve been wanting to move away from a Flash based portfolio to some good ol’ html and css, which I created through the folks at Indexhibit. Here’s the new site in all its ipad/iphone-friendly glory: www.paulantonson.com
So as I’ve mentioned recently, I’ve been hashing out a story while simultaneously gearing my portfolio more towards kids books. These three friends are the protagonists of my story so far: Toad, a Mourning Dove and a Glasswing Butterfly. Throughout this process I’ve found myself increasingly influenced by the color and dynamics of today’s comics and I’ll be applying that more going forward.
Sketched this treehouse while on a plane recently. I’ve been hashing out a story about 3 critter-friends who go on a journey and this was drawn while thinking about their potential living quarters.
Here’s a few bowls from this summer’s class.
I did all the paintings, my wife Naomi made the bowls.
I’m working on a book of Sea Monsters… Politicians who have said stupid things about the gulf oil spill
Poster illustration I’ve created for cool upcoming collaboration between a great restaurant and wine group in Burlington Vermont. I need to keep mum on the details for now but I will post additional information when I can!
I recently participated in a benefit for “Powered by a Girl” a campaign designed to educate teen girls about the impact of media on their lives and empower them use their creativity, wit, and individuality to make a difference. Tilbury House Publishers invited illustrators to submit a 6″ by 4″ drawing which would be sold to benefit the campaign.
The idea was to submit an image which best represented who we are, so naturally I worked up the pencil and watercolor drawing on the left. Before mailing off the furry fellow I scanned it and colored a version in photoshop. I was happy to hear the event was a success and the yeti is enjoying his book in a nice new home.
Ceramic bowl, sea monster series.
It’s summer, and I’ve taken a ceramics class each year for the past few years. This is the start of the Sea Monster series. To see the rest of the bowls, please visit my blog: http://art2go-rtdm.blogspot.com/
I’ve just finished this illustration for the 2010 Siren Music Festival held by the Village Voice in Coney Island each July. This actually marks the 10th year in a row that I’ve created the art for Siren and its somewhat interesting to look back at the previous years work to see how I’ve evolved as an illustrator. In terms of the assignment we decided on the Siren having three heads because it sort of jived with the greek mythology of Siren’s hanging out in groups of three, but we never expected that there would be a second Siren Fest let alone ten. In some ways I think I’ve done the same drawing each time, just with a different interpretation.
It’s been an honor to be able to work on something which has soaked in the amazing, culturally-brackish waters that is Coney Island. It has such a important and bizarre place in history (well chronicled in Rem Koolhaas’s Delirious New York) and its been a real treat to be able to give it my own strange take. Why is there always a Yeti, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Black Manta, Easter Island guys and an Octopus hanging out? I don’t know but if that every manages to occur in the real world it will happen there. Coney Island is going through its latest round of upheaval and strife (well documented in this project) which is sad on many levels and yet oddly organic as well.
Huge thanks to Diane Perini who has chosen the lineups and been the driving force for all of Sirens 10 years and has given me tons of support. Mike Gibson has been doing the logos and design of the ads, posters and t-shirts in recent years and has just made the whole thing sing.