Out of Class

I’m done with the 4 day intensive at PNCA. Thanks again to those that helped contribute money to send me, it was worth every penny as I learned so much about the Children’s publishing world. It would have taken so much longer to learn so much information on my own. My teacher, Victoria Jamieson, did a splendid job being candid about the business, sharing her experiences, giving us a peak into her new book “Olympig” and some recently finished artwork for her next book “Pest Continue reading →

Going to Class!

I lucked out and found enough supporters to pay for a class about Writing and Illustrating for Children’s Publications at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. I’m now registered and ready to learn! Thanks so much to all that have made it possible! I’ll be working on thank-you letters and sketches over the next week and hope to have them all done before June 1.  

Send me to class!

A call for assistance! I’m using IndieGoGo to help me raise money to go to a class at the Pacific Northwest College of Art so that I can study Writing and Illustrating for Children’s Literature. I can’t afford to pay for the class out of my own pocket and don’t want to accrue more debt. So I ask of my audience for financial support in helping me produce better Children’s Illustrations! If you are unable to contribute, please help by spreading the word. Love, Luck, Continue reading →

New Cat T-Shirts

I just posted two new T-shirt designs on my Spreadshirt Store. You can customize what type of shirt you want it printed on, the color of the shirt and the color of the ink. Enjoy! The “Curious Cat”   “The iFish”

Bike Parade – Web Edition!

Today, Bike Parade! The Coloring book is available to purchase as a digital download for $8. You can download the PDF and print any of the pages as many times as you like as long as it is for your personal use. With every purchase of the book, a snail gets its wings! It’s a little bit cheaper than the print version right now, but after the New Year, it will be going up to $10.

Some Watercolor Fun

I’ve been having fun with using watercolors in my work. It’s been cool to watch some of the random patterns that are formed by the pooling colors, the rippling of the paper and how they mix together at different watery consistencies. Growing up playing lots of Tetris left a permanent impression in my psyche of falling blocks and how some are more desirable than others. Then yesterday was a “Robosapiens” challenge in the Daily Sketch section on Reddit. For whatever reason, Elvis popped into my Continue reading →

Crewing the PCT 100

My friend Leif just ran the inaugural PCT100 and I was part of his crew for the day to make sure he had everything he needed at the aid stations. I also accompanied him during a 3.5 mile section of trail, both of us wearing Vibram FiveFingers, the only two runners on the course. Leif ran the entire 100 miles in VFF KSO Treks and felt pretty damn good by the end. You can see more on his blog, DistanceMinimally.

A Comfortable Run

I’m so sold on forefoot running. I just completed the most comfortable 6 mile run in my life. The Vibram FiveFingers are really working well for me in terms of running as if barefoot, protecting my feet from concrete and sharp urban debris. I really can’t recommend them enough.

Halley the Bicycling Harper

Halley the Harper for HireOriginally uploaded by Tomas.Quinones The BTA wanted to promote cyclists to slow down and relax on their commute due to an incident between a cyclist and pedestrian. There was a Halley the Harper playing on the corner of Madsion and 2nd Ave as bicycle, cars, and pedestrian traffic cruised by. Sign holders along the bridge asking people to slow down be more aware. There was even a yoga instructor leading sessions along the way to anyone willing to stop for a Continue reading →

Betty at SolarWorld

Betty at SolarWorldOriginally uploaded by Tomas.Quinones I took Betty for a long ride around Hillsboro to distribute fliers for Green Empowerment‘s and Solar World’s “Sun, Wind, & Gears Ride“. Green Empowerment does some really great work around the world in helping small communities get micro-hydro, solar, and wind power. Solar World is the nation’s largest manufacturer of photovoltaic cells and their new facility is a sight to behold. The weather was extremely pleasant, the cars courteous, and Betty was a comfort with her new (used) Continue reading →