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Zack Rock  Drawing Stuff So You Don't Have To. My new book is out now!

Happy International Cat Day, and I guess Happy Early Throwback Thursday! This is one of my first forays into digital painting, done nearly a decade ago while working on the Nancy Drew series of video games. What an anthropomorphic cat farmer had to do with America's favorite kid sleuth (yeah you heard me, Encyclopedia Brown), I can't remember. I like to think he was a love interest.

#internationalcatday #throwbackthursday #tbt #digitalpainting #cat #overalls #illustration #farmer #feline #nancydrew #ichabodlives

One of the (many) fun parts of creating a picture book world is choosing who gets to populate it. So when I had to cast sushi restaurant customers for my first book, Homer Henry Hudson's Curio Museum, I filled the roles with other picture book creators: Maurice Sendak, Shaun Tan and Lisbeth Zwerger. It's a small way to pay homage to artists who inspired me to create my own worlds.

Just this week I discovered Shaun Tan joined Instagram! So if you're in the market for the best art and stories picture books can offer, definitely give him a follow: @shauncytan.

And if you want to see who else makes an appearance in Homer's world, Homer Henry Hudson's Curio Museum is available wherever books are sold!

#picturebook #childrensbook #illustration #art #childrensliterature #kidsart #kidsillustration #childrensart #childrensillustration #museum #curio #sushi #bulldog #englishbulldog #mauricesendak #lisbethzwerger #shauntan

**Swipe for more** The endpapers for my first picture book, Homer Henry Hudson's Curio Museum. Stuck directly on the back of the covers and coming before even the title page, endpapers are a great opportunity to prime readers for what's ahead. They can provide hints to the story, feature characters in fun situations, or just serve as an aesthetic appetizer. Take a gander at @picturebookendpapers for some awesome examples!

Since Homer Henry Hudson tells his life story through the objects in his curio museum, I wanted to show some of the other artifacts that don't directly relate to his biography. So I created a bunch of sketches of the objects, as though they were made by Homer himself as he was documenting the acquisitions for his records. The self-destruct key from a typewriter, an arrowhead from Cupid's arsenal, a firefly lantern, the last will and testament of a squirrel; there's a lot going on. Every one of these has their own story behind it, but I left them up to the readers to imagine.

If you want to see them all up close and personal, Homer Henry Hudson's Curio Museum is available wherever books are sold!

#picturebook #childrensbook #illustration #art #childrensliterature #sketch #sketchbook #kidsart #kidsillustration #childrensart #childrensillustration #museum #curio #endpapers

**Swipe for more** Been developing new picture book ideas recently, and had reason to revisit the thumbnail sketches I did for my first book, Homer Henry Hudson's Curio Museum. It's a masterclass in OCD. Sketches for page spreads 20 x 10 inches in print were rendered at 3.5 x 1.75 inches in my sketchbook. Every time I started a new one, I could hear the voice of my former tutor @pamsmyillustrator cautioning me against being too fussy with my drawing. Sorry, Pam.

If you want to compare the thumbnails with the final results, Homer Henry Hudson's Curio Museum is available wherever books are sold!

#picturebook #childrensbook #illustration #art #childrensliterature #dummybook #sketch #sketchbook #OCD #kidsart #kidsillustration #childrensart #childrensillustration #museum #curio #bulldog

Happy birthday to Harry Dean Stanton! Star of some of my favorite TV shows and movies, including Twin Peaks and Paris, Texas and many more titles that aren't also small towns. Passed away last year at only 91. Too soon, too soon.

#harrydeanstanton #paristexas #illustration #sketchbook #art #watercolor

Hope you're taking the opportunity to get back to nature this summer! Or at least rewatch Planet Earth 2 or something. Illustration done for @LanternPress

#illustration #art #illustrator #adobeillustrator #vector #vectorart #vectorillustration #happycamper #camper #camping #camp #greatoutdoors #outdoors #eagle #baldeagle #deer #bear #wolf #raccoon #cardinal #rabbit #squirrel #stellersjay #tent

Anyone in Paris looking for my friend @narisa.togo’s book of beautiful bird woodcuts, @shakespeareandcoparis still have a copy left after I bought mine (and conveniently displayed in the window, no less)! Otherwise, you can get it at your own local bookstore!
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#childrensbooks #picturebook #woodcut #illustration #birds #birdwatching

Hey cool, my nieces found a mother lode of Smokey Bear paraphernalia I did the artwork for in Disney’s California Adventure! Glad I could make it to Disneyland this summer one way or another...
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#disneyland #smokeybear #smokeythebear #magickingdom #onlyyoucanpreventforestfires #disneycaliforniaadventure

"Love at First Fight," an imagined meet cute (beat cute?) between Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl made in celebration of #Incredibles2! ... #Incredibles #Disney #Pixar #MrIncredible #Elastigirl #CraigTNelson #HollyHunter #BradBird #illustration #watercolor #superheroes #robots #kapow

It’s my sad duty to announce that the position of World’s Greatest Living Cat is now open. Last Tuesday the former titleholder, my beloved Ichabod, passed away.

Ichabod was suffering from both an aggressive cancer and kidney failure, and died from complications following a surgery. From diagnosis to death was two weeks. He had just turned 12 in May.

Almost every minute of those 12 years, Ichabod was no further than arm’s length from me. He spent his days on my lap as I drew and wrote, and his nights sleeping at my feet. When I left the apartment, he was there to greet me at the door with little melodic meows when I returned, following me around until I gave him enough head scratches to assure him he was also missed.

He was a perfect studio pet, being at times a muse, a sounding board, a determined distraction, and, if you count all the hair he shed on my paintings as artistic contributions, an enthusiastic collaborator. Above all Ichabod was my best friend, accompanying me on three transatlantic moves, seeing me through the hardest periods of my life, and forever making me smile just by being himself.

Sunset from Haleakalā summit. Because when I leave the studio I REALLY leave the studio.
#sunset #timelapse #haleakala #maui #hawaii

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