Raindrop’s World has a new design. Come and check it out. I’m gearing up for a few new books about leafcutter ants, dung beetles and the Amazon Rainforest. All I have to do now is dust off some of my rusty drawing techniques. The stories are already finished. Hope to catch up with you in the jungle some time soon. Just watch out for the vampire bats, and the giant anacondas.
This is a piece of artwork I created some time back. It’s a mixture of the rich and stark topography I caught while riding my horse through the Okavango Delta, which is situated in the northern reaches of Botswana, and a few ideas I had about a fictional character that eventually came to life in the novel Among The Wild. This little drawing, entitled Blood Ride, depicts a boy and his horse lost in a harsh and vivid landscape. The young rider is given a glimpse of hope with the last flickers of light before day’s end.
Romantic graffiti scribbled across bathroom walls that could lead to true love someday, Hemingway’s rampaging Twitter addiction (not to mention his overuse of hashtags) and the massive rate of objectionable incarceration in the United States, along with a description of the joys derived from a possible zombie apocalypse are just some of the riveting subjects I’ve tackled during the recent course of my philosophical musings.
If you’d like to enter the wandering and speculative mind of someone who should probably focus less on idiosyncratic topics and write more about … well, world peace or organic farming, perhaps, then these Huffington Post articles just might be up your alley. At the very least, they should be good for a few laughs — except the piece about American prisons. Tragic irony is already built into that one.
The stories populating the illustrated children’s book Raindrop’s World take place in a universe where ants and beetles have four limbs rather than six, and sport long eyebrows and full lips. These beautiful and strange insects even know how to talk, which they do every chance they get.
The illustrations and storyline were created with the notion that these tales should appeal to the young and the old alike. It really shouldn’t matter if you’re six or fifty-six. These playful adventures ought to have something in them for just about everyone (unless the poor reader suffers from myrmecophobia – also known as the fear of ants).
The premise of this first book, and the books to come, is fairly simple. A small colony of leafcutter ants, only a few years out living on their own, has founded an ‘alternative’ civilization in the rainforest. They’re trying to mix the old ways with the new, although this won’t happen without some serious conflict with other ants of a different mindset, not to mention wild encounters with some of the most dangerous creatures inhabiting the Amazon River Basin, including anacondas, vampire bats, armadillos, mentally unstable finches and terrifying zombie ants (which really do exist).
Now that Barack Obama is in his second presidential term, it might be time to address the harsh rumors surrounding his birth. I have no doubt that he was born in Hawaii, but as far as his forefathers are concerned, folks might want to look farther afield. Perhaps the distant planet of Gallifrey would be a good place to start. Only a Time Lord could be as cool under fire as Mr. Obama seems to be. I wonder if he keeps a sonic screwdriver in his pocket as well…
I’ve been working on various book projects involving art, animated characters and cover design during the last few months in my spare time. Here are just a few samples among many. While they are far from perfect, and my rusty drawing technique needs a bit of brushing up, most of the illustrations came out all right. At least I think they did. Right now, I’m toiling away on some back and white designs, cartoons and other art pieces for a new project that’s coming up. It will be a bit more serious in nature than my children’s novella Raindrop’s World, but it will still maintain a humorous edge. I’ll also have some help on this one, to make the work as solid as possible.