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A two-page spread from my current picture book commission.

Here’s all the characters except the coyotes.  Wild turkey babies are splochy like this when they’re really little.  It hides them in the grass and underbrush.  I draw them differently later in the book because they’re older then.  The white one is an albino and is worried because, since he’s white, he can’t hide like the others.
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Scimitar-Horned Oryx

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Like many things, this was a more impressive shot in person.  all those horns all going the same way arching over the little herd… I dunno.  But in the photo, the background detracts, so I desaturated it.  Then there’s how brown and white aren’t really colors that pop and it looks silly if I bump them up too much.  Oh, well.  At least their horns stand out from the trees so you can see them well.

Don’t Make the Grizzly Angry


This was an experimental piece.  I was practicing several things.

– Cartoon females in this sort of bit-headed cute style.
– Expressive poses (body and face)
– Full background

I’m not really sure what’s going on in this scene except that it’s probably not a good idea for a cat to tick off a grizzly.

Since this was an experiment, I welcome critique and feedback on this piece.

Bear and Coyote

And here’s something completely different.  Bear and Coyote. I think Coyote shouldn’t have stolen Bear’s fish. But Coyote, being the trickster he is, will get out of it somehow. smiley 15

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Full Disclosure:
I should mention that, although this is in a tribal style with Native American folklore characters, I’m not a member of any indigenous nation.  I don’t want to mislead anyone into thinking I identify as a Native Artist.

I don’t plan to do any more in this style because I’m worried that it counts as cultural appropriation.  I did this one because I think the style is beautiful and I wanted to see what I could do with it.  I really like how it turned out and it’s my own idea and my own story, but it isn’t in a style I have a cultural connection with.  I don’t want to upset anyone and I can see how it might, so I’ll limit myself to just this one.