Here’s a sketch from one of the early versions of Field Trip to the Moon where the kids are shown getting ready to disembark from the bus and explore the Moon. This scene didn’t really add anything so I took it out, but I do like how the kid with the crayons doesn’t look to thrilled to be on the moon.
Here are some examples of the Guinea Sam comp sketches. Researching materials for the illustration of this book has lead me down some fascinating rabbit holes. (fascinating rabbit holes?) I've really enjoyed making these and I look forward to the final art.
(These sketches are for the Notable Missourian book series to be published by Truman State University Press)
Here is the Chapter 5 illustration for the Notable Missourian book on Great Walker (Truman State University Press).
The raid on Big Neck's village resulted in the deaths of three Ioway and three militiamen. Big Neck and his band thought the village they were defending was located on ancestral land outside of the state of Missouri (and therefore not in violation of the treaty). In fact they were about 20 miles inside of Missouri. Big neck was brought to trial and quickly acquitted by a jury that believed it was an honest mistake.