A week ago my dear old dog and friend Marcus passed away. He was a spirited, ornery as hell wire haired fox terrier who had been a close part of my life for 17 years. My wife and I called him one of our “protochildren” (along with two cats), our kids before we had kids. I’ll miss him dearly! If you look at many MANY of my old paintings and illustrations, you’ll find him.
An old sketch of a train station from a story that I put on ice many moons ago. I’m itching to get these characters back in action when the time is right!
So right before I turned in the final art for Field Trip to the Moon, I had an idea for an alternate cover. It featured the class and space station more, and the bus less. Basically I just really thought the station should look like it spins to make artificial gravity. The editor passed on it, which I agree with, but I still like the way it looks.
Another illustration for the Notable Missourian book on Olive Boone (Written by Greta Russell, published by Truman State University Press).
During the War of 1812, many Native American tribes were allied with England and would regularly attack the new settlements in Missouri. These were especially tense times, especially considering that Olive's husband Nathan was in the army and far away from home. On two occasions Olive and her children sought refuge at the neighborhood fort, fully expecting an Indian army to attack. Fortunately for Olive the attack never came.