More than anything else, I love drawing nature, especially animals of all types, whether they be real or fantasy, highly realistic or cartoony. Here is a selection of my more realistic work from a couple of books on sea life that I have worked on with author Gloria Snively.
From High Tide, Low Tide a colouring, story, and activity book from Kingfisher Press:
More images from this book can be seen on my Pen and Ink page; it is still in print and can be ordered from the link above.
The challenging part of drawing a colouring book is to leave room for the colouring; to keep things simple but give enough detail to guide the colourist. It’s really a bit like drawing a comic! To my delight, this project led into another, in which I was able to give full rein to my urge for detail and storytelling.
In Explore the Wild Coast with Sam and Crystal, a forthcoming book from Heritage House Publishing Company, also by Gloria Snively, full colour paintings in watercolour and coloured pencil are paired with detailed, captioned, sepia-coloured pencil drawings to illustrate an educational storybook about the nature of the West Coast of North America.
Here is another version of the hermit crabs, this one in pencil (sepia tone applied in Photoshop):
If you’d like to pre-order a copy of Explore the Wild Coast with Sam and Crystal, you can do that here. We have more books planned for the future; watch the blog and this page for updates and release dates!