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---9.28.06 MONSTERS!

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Here's a look at the busts I sculpted to use as models for my story collection, FRANKENSTEIN MAKES A SANDWICH. From left to right: the Phantom of the Opera, Frankenstein, and my zombies Zorba and Zeus. These were made with Sculpey and various other materials, and painted with acrylics. Frank's sweater is the toe of an old gym sock.

---5.25.06 I AM AN AUTHOR, ILLUSTRATOR, AND NOW APPARENTLY SOME SORT OF JAPANESE SOFTWARE APPLICATION:

http://www.zetta.co.jp/adam/rex.htm

 

---2.05.06 THE OCCASIONAL ROBOT #4: Finished Pro-Bono Piece

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Here's the finished painting of a sketch posted below. This will be one of many small (5"x7") paintings by various artists that will be auctioned off to support the Society of Illustrators' Scholarship Fund.

---2.05.06 THE OCCASIONAL ROBOT #3: Short Robot In a Photo Booth

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---1.31.06

LRbust

Here's Lucy Rose, from the books by Katy Kelly. Since I do so many drawings and paintings of her, I decided it was time for a better reference sculpture. I had sculpted her before, but the last one was made with cheap clay and turned out pretty lousy. This one's no masterpiece, but it will be very helpful to have, especially when I'm drawing Lucy Rose from odd angles.

---1.26.06 THE OCCASIONAL ROBOT #2

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Sketch of a proposed 5x7 painting for a charity auction.

---1.21.06 THE OCCASIONAL ROBOT #1

Roomba

---1.17.06

EXCERPT OF AUDIO COMMENTARY

WITH MOTHER GOOSE AND LEONARD MALTIN

 

MOTHER GOOSE: Okay, right off the bat we can see that…uh…well you know and I think everyone knows by now that I had a very different vision for this. Especially this first rhyme, which was supposed to be more of a light, Nora Ephron-style romantic comedy, in the vein of "Shop Around the Corner" or "You've Got Mail".

LEONARD MALTIN: Both of them classics.

MG: Right. And ours was meant to be a real "opposites attract" kind of funny kind of sweet sort of story. So I knew I wanted Tom Hanks in the title role, because, um, I think we can all agree…

LM: He is the Jimmy Stewart of his generation.

MG: And any other. And in fact I'd never considered anyone else for the role, which had essentially been written with Tom in mind. If you look back at early production notes you'll see the rhyme as originally written went

Tom Hanks could eat no franks

His wife could eat no beans.

And so betwixt the two of them and so forth,

but we were having scheduling problems with Hanks, and when he finally had some free time he was already obligated to do "Tom, Tom the Piper's Son," so…

LM: So you found another leading man, a relative unknown.

MG: Jack Sprat. So immediately the rhyme is shot, and we ended up compromising with the "no fat, no lean" solution, which I don't think really resonates with kids these days.

LM: Opposite Jack Sprat was Joan Lunden in an uncredited role.

MG: Yeah, working with Joan was great. She's a treasure. Oh--funny story--about halfway through production Jack comes to my trailer and says "You know, it's pronounced 'sprah'."

LM: …What is?

MG: His last name. It's not "Sprat", it's "Sprah!" (Laughter) Well, I wasn't about to change anything at that point.

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