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heckyeahpeterstanton asked: Hi! The pages (for the Odd Animal Alphabet) book look great! I'm sorry if many people have mentioned this, and I'm really sorry if I'm missing something and mistaken, but I noticed the elephant shrews were "estatic" and I can't find a relevant word with that spelling. So please forgive me for questioning you, but I'd hate for such a wonderful publication to befall such an error. Hurray for odd animals! I look forward to seeing the book.

Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I missed that typo! You are the first to point it out! It’s supposed to be “ecstatic.” I’ll fix that right away. Thank you so much for alerting me to that mistake, and for also being so courteous about it! And of course, thank you for the compliments! :)

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thingsintheseaaretouchingme asked: Hi! I just wanted to say I LOVE your odd animal illustrations. I originally saw the Aye Aye on The Brain Scoop's page (because who doesn't love Emily Graslie?!) and it was love at first s-aye-aye-ight. I would love to see the book in print so I hope that happens after your initial digital launch :-)

Wow! Thank you so much for such a lovely compliment! And I am thoroughly impressed by your aye-aye pun. I’ll have to use that one later when I’m trying to impress my fellow animal nerd friends!

The plan is to definitely have a printed copy available to purchase eventually, so I promise one day you’ll be able to hold the book in your hands! :) Once again, thank you!

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Hello to all my new followers!!! Welcome to my tumblr! I have the wonderful Emily Graslie to thank for probably most (if not all,) of you for deciding to follow me.

As I mentioned I would do in an ask I answered yesterday, here is a post showcasing where I am with the children’s book illustrations. The majority of them are still unfinished, but I’m aiming to having them done by the end of this month. Not pictured is the two page spread, because I’m still laying down flat colors on it. I will make a separate post for that because quite frankly it deserves it’s own post!

Edit: I decided to take down some of the pages’ pictures because I realized I want to have some of this book be a surprise for when people buy it! So here’s just a sampling instead of every single page.

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novelsandnarwhals asked: I saw your unusual animal alphabet book illustrations and I am so excited for that! When does that come out?

First of all, thank you for your enthusiastic interest! :D

Secondly, as of right now there isn’t a solid release date, but I’d wager sometime in the next couple of months. My illustrations are due at the end of this month, and sometime tomorrow or today I’ll make a post showing how far along I am. The plan is to first publish this book as an app for digital devices, where we’ll have narrators and original background music to accompany the illustrations. The co-creator of this book, Sam, is quite talented at computer programmy stuff so that is where his expertise will come into play. For an actual physical copy of the book, Sam and I are considering running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to independently publish it, but we are also open to exploring other means of publishing if we think it’s a better fit for what we want.

Thank you again for your kind words! It’s so encouraging for me to read them as I’m nearing the finish line of this project!

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Character sketches for March! There was a pretty strong emphasis on cuteness this month it seems.

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Character sketches for the month of February! Starting with the Sonic drawings, I upgraded from using just three Prismacolor markers to seven Copic markers. Enjoy!

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One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to draw 365 characters (either my own or fan art) in my sketchbooks throughout 2014. Here are my sketches from the month of January. I post these as soon as I’m finished with them on my Instagram account, so follow me there if you want to stay up to date, as well as to read the captions for each sketch. Only 334 characters to go!

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Next step: Laying down flat colors! Here I figure out what I want for the illustration’s color scheme. Since the naked mole rat spends its life underground, I wanted earthy tones for the background and something very vibrant for the nightgown to make the naked mole rat in the front pop. Those pink blobs in the background are future naked mole rats. I’m going to try to draw them without outlines to keep the illustration a little less busy looking. But who knows! Maybe they will look better with outlines. We’ll see! There’s still a bit to go before this is a finished illustration.

Next step: Laying down flat colors! Here I figure out what I want for the illustration’s color scheme. Since the naked mole rat spends its life underground, I wanted earthy tones for the background and something very vibrant for the nightgown to make the naked mole rat in the front pop. Those pink blobs in the background are future naked mole rats. I’m going to try to draw them without outlines to keep the illustration a little less busy looking. But who knows! Maybe they will look better with outlines. We’ll see! There’s still a bit to go before this is a finished illustration.

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I can proudly say now that I’m on the final leg of a long journey. The linework for the children’s book I’ve been commissioned to do is complete. Now all that is left to do is coloring and editing some of the earlier pages! This is the spread for the end of the book, featuring every animal mentioned in our odd animal alphabet. If you see an animal you don’t recognize, I included them all in the tags! Man this bad boy is gonna look great once colored.

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Howdy! It’s been a while, huh? Here is my submission to my friend Tait’s Mario Kart 64 zine, where each contributing artist drew an illustration based on a level in Mario Kart 64. I got the Skyscraper battle course. Here we see what happens after a player gets knocked off/accidently goes flying off the edge of the skyscraper! I feel that out of all of Bowser’s minions, Goombas would be the first ones to be glad seeing their boss get knocked around a bit. Not only do they seem constantly grumpy all the time anyway, but they’ve been dealing with his shenanigans from day 1.
If you’re wondering about my monster girl comic, never fear! New pages will be coming soon. :)

Howdy! It’s been a while, huh? Here is my submission to my friend Tait’s Mario Kart 64 zine, where each contributing artist drew an illustration based on a level in Mario Kart 64. I got the Skyscraper battle course. Here we see what happens after a player gets knocked off/accidently goes flying off the edge of the skyscraper! I feel that out of all of Bowser’s minions, Goombas would be the first ones to be glad seeing their boss get knocked around a bit. Not only do they seem constantly grumpy all the time anyway, but they’ve been dealing with his shenanigans from day 1.

If you’re wondering about my monster girl comic, never fear! New pages will be coming soon. :)