Monday, May 11, 2020

A Quarantine Reading of A Rather Round Alphabet

For some reason I decided to video (and post to YouTube) myself reading Francis S. Poesy's A Rather Round Alphabet. Maybe during the lock down parents and teachers will be able to use it to teach their kids how not to make YouTube videos. Enjoy!

A Rather Round Alphabet by Francis S. Poesy as read by Tim C.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Making booklets from packaging paper

I made a quick how to video for making booklets out of packaging paper that comes in some of our deliveries. It is one big long strip of craft paper that can be flattened out, folded, and stapled together for a bit of quarantine family fun. The video was originally longer but I ran out of space on my phone (lesson learned, delete all un-needed photos, etc before filming). There are also some things I'd change if I were to do it over again, but I think the idea comes across. Let me know what you think and if you make some booklets of your own.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Kidlit in the time of Corona Virus

The KidLit community is showing up with bells on during all the social distancing and self-isolation called for because of the Corona virus with all kinds of great book readings, talks, and activity sheets. So, far be it from me to not hop on this fun band wagon. I am periodically posting a page from my alphabet book, A Rather Round Alphabet, on Twitter here:

Also, I'm making the PDF of the self-published book available for your reading/printing pleasure. I'm not expecting a huge response as I'm not a well-known name but I figure I should do what I can. If there is any response, I may start a  collaborative effort to write and illustrate the other books I thought of doing in this vein, A Totally Triangular Alphabet and A Simply Square Alphabet. We'll see what happens. Until then, feel free to download the PDF of A Rather Round Alphabet here:

Friday, February 28, 2020

Quick and Dirty Screen Printing

I recently became a member of Second State Press in Philadelphia and took their Quick & Dirty Screen Printing class. The above picture shows one of the quick & dirty two-color screen prints I made during the four hour class, featuring a couple of my 2-Bit Overlord sprites. The instructor, Ash Lim├ęs, was engaging, patient, and very knowledgeable. The class was tons of fun, I met a great bunch of fellow art makers, and I can't wait to schedule some time for a new project.

Now I just have to decide what that project is. I have so many ideas, including printing a mini-picture book!

Friday, January 31, 2020

Introducing another doodle guy

Another doodle character that might become more. Might not. We'll see what Mr. Dirty Sock Head Guy tells me about himself and if he's more interesting than he seems. I'm thinking he might be, as there is a lot of room for brains in that dirty sock head of his, you know, since he basically has no body whatsoever. Maybe he'd be a good tech helper character in the Wiener Man universe.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Sometimes I think I'm funny

Created this all-text comic (if that's even a thing) in celebration of National Handwriting Day. And yes, I created it on a computer, so please don't tell the Handwriting Police!

Monday, October 28, 2019

My 9th Annual Halloweensie Contest Entry

Here is my entry for Susanna Leonard Hill's 9th Annual Halloweensie Contest. The rules are that the story must be for children (12 and under), and has to be 100 words or less. It must include the words potioncobweb, and trick. Of  course, it must be Halloween themed. Enjoy mine and comment with your thoughts. Then go to Susanna's website and read all the other entries! Or join in the fun. You have until Halloween at midnight to post your own Halloweensie story!

Trixie the Witch and her Halloween Tricks - Episode 13: Perfect Cobweb Potion (100 words)

Welcome to the show my creepy crones and conjurers.

It's Halloween and cobweb potion is a must for repelling those annoyingly cute trick-or-treaters.

The trick to perfect cobweb potion is using quality cobwebs.

The trick to getting quality cobwebs is finding giant spiders.

The trick to finding giant spiders is going deep into the haunted forest.

The trick to going deep into the haunted forest is not getting eaten by giant spiders.

The trick to not getting eaten by giant spiders is running away empty-handed and giving out candy to those irritatingly cute kids again this year.