My pals over at 826LA are putting together a coloring book featuring some of the stories written by elementary-school kids in their Storytelling & Bookmaking field trips! I’ve illustrated a couple of those books, and I was pleased to learn that one of the stories I worked on was going to be included in the coloring book specifically.

During Storytelling & Bookmaking, a leader guides a visiting class through the process of coming up with a story collectively, calling on kids to supply plot points and asking questions to fill out the story. Another person sits nearby typing out the story in progress, so the kids can read it on a projected screen. An illustrator works to draw pictures that will accompany the finished story. This is all done to try and please the cranky old publisher, Mr. or Mrs. Barnacle (depending on who’s doing the voice), the crotchety attic-dwelling centenarian who’s demanding the production of a new best-seller. It’s a fun experience for both the kids and the volunteers, I participate whenever I have the time!

This story was about an artist king and his buck-toothed best friend, who face off against a wizard armed with an army of orange-slingshotting goats. Pictured are the drawings I did on the day, and my reinterpretations of them for the coloring book.

If there’s an 826 chapter near you, it’s so much fun to help make up these stories with the kids! 

Here are some cool ROLL-A-SKETCH drawings I did in Seattle recently!!

I’m also trying something new: I will be at WonderCon in Anaheim tomorrow, but not at a table, just walking around and visiting friends! A few times during the day I’ll be setting up shop to do sketches (like the above or MAYBE BETTER).

If you’ll be at WonderCon and you’d like me to text you where and when I’m sketching, I’ve set up a form! Click through and submit!

I’ll delete your number when I leave, this will be a one-time-only thing.

I drew a Churchill
I ended up going with two
this holding pattern is getting REAL TIRESOME

this holding pattern is getting REAL TIRESOME

…This Roll-a-Sketch is also pretty strong! 
Since, by the nature of Roll-a-Sketch certain elements are going to come up over and over, I think the key for me will be introducing intraspecies variety. For example, in this vampire helicopter, the helicopter portion was modeled vaguely after a Hughes 500. When it came up again today, I chose to go with a Kaman Huskie-style intermeshing-rotor layout instead. The next will likely have the tall mast of a Robinson R22.
but they’ve all been the same piranha, I mean, COME ON

…This Roll-a-Sketch is also pretty strong! 

Since, by the nature of Roll-a-Sketch certain elements are going to come up over and over, I think the key for me will be introducing intraspecies variety. For example, in this vampire helicopter, the helicopter portion was modeled vaguely after a Hughes 500. When it came up again today, I chose to go with a Kaman Huskie-style intermeshing-rotor layout instead. The next will likely have the tall mast of a Robinson R22.

but they’ve all been the same piranha, I mean, COME ON

My favorite Roll-a-Sketch of the day today!
DO A BAAAAAA-RREL ROLL
Okay that doesn’t work phonetically
but HE doesn’t know, he’s a SHEEP

DO A BAAAAAA-RREL ROLL

Okay that doesn’t work phonetically

but HE doesn’t know, he’s a SHEEP

STOP
TOUCHING
THE BUTTON

STOP

TOUCHING

THE BUTTON

Gotta keep on goin
Be the best there ever was
Fight the race the battle to be won
Pedal to the firewall tomorrow — YOU CAN!

Gotta keep on goin

Be the best there ever was

Fight the race the battle to be won

Pedal to the firewall tomorrow — YOU CAN!