When I was five years old I wrote and illustrated my first children’s book. By “wrote” I mean that I shouted the story out loud while my mother wrote down the words. The E and the Eelfollows the misadventures of two unlikely friends: A letter E and an eel. It was assembled on the kitchen counter with puffy paint on white fabric pages sewn together at the spine. I thought it would be fun to dust off the book and share it with you all.
Mom fronted all production costs and thus received publisher credit.
Most successful children’s books are timeless, but this one immediately dates itself with a Sears reference.
So far all of the narrative exposition (two full pages!) has been about the eel’s hunger.
Gross! But also hilarious, amirite?
Sensing a theme here? EXTREME HUNGER.
FACT: Eels have legs.
And here we have the first conflict of the story arc. Defiance!
Well, that was unexpected.
Not just any eagle. THE eagle.
Wait, why is there an E.T. sign?
I think this is supposed to be the same E from earlier. Let’s go with yes. Same E. Defining characteristic: Likes to hang out in signs.
The story is getting dark, but wait for it…
A happy ending! The moral of the story is: You can eat your friends, just don’t digest them.
I FINALLY FINISHED book #2, which means I can emerge back into the blinding daylight and maybe start showering again.
BLESSED: 20 Life-Changing Modern Affirmations is my spin on the motivational and self-management book genres. Each page is fully illustrated, tackling modern issues like tangled earbuds, lack of airport power outlets, brunch Instagrams and getting stuck behind slow-walkers.
I hit the streets of Des Moines to find answers to today’s most important technology questions. Iowa’s Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds even stopped by for a chat! This video was for the Technology Association of Iowa‘s annual Prometheus Awards show.
Here’s a custom piece I recently did for Des Moines’ tech incubator and co-working space Gravitate. It (and some other prints) will be hanging on their walls through the end of December. Huge thanks to Geoff Wood for letting me showcase my work. The great thing about Geoff is that he can always sense when you’re up to something new and he’s the first to ask how he can support it.
So many teeth from little children. So little time.
I’m trying to re-imagine the Tooth Fairy as someone who really despises her job and yearns for bigger and better things. I drew this more scary version back in June. She’s not quite what I want her to be yet. I’ll keep working at it.