Friday, October 26, 2012

Gorilla Soup!

Talk about an apparent case of self-insertion, that only sort of is.  The red haired kid in these images from Donald Kruse's Gorilla Soup! more or less resembles me as a kid.  Having no knowledge of that, the author suggested that the main character wear glasses, have red, curly or wavy hair, have freckles and buckteeth.  Well, I didn't have buckteeth, and am proud to still not have buckteeth, so I guess art really need not imitate life.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Fleas, Please!

Some images from the recently released "Fleas, Please!" written by Donald Kruse, illustrated by moi.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Friday, June 22, 2012

Little Sprouts Work

Some recent work for a barber shop in Canada called Little Sprouts Cuts for Kids.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

There's A Goof On My Roof! Review

From the Midwest Book Review at
a review of There's A Goof On My Roof!

There's a Goof on My Roof!
Donald W. Kruse, author
Donny Crank, illustrator
Castle Keep Press
c/o James A. Rock & Company Publishers
900 South Irby Street, #508
Florence, South Carolina 29501
9781596638556 $12.95

Donald W. Kruse presents There's A Goof on My Roof!, a softcover, rhyming children's picturebook with a much-needed positive message about the benefits of avoiding tooth-rotting sugary foods, and eating a balanced diet of healthy foods to make one look and feel better all day. When a young boy wakes up in the middle of the night, he discovers a green-skinned Goof on his roof! The Goof invites him to eat sugary taffy, but the boy realizes that the Goof's nonstop diet of candy has rotted his teeth and made him hyperactive! The boy tries to help the Goof by teaching him about nutritious foods: "You have to eat peaches, cherries and plums. 'Cause sugar and candy will just make you dumb." In addition to giving the Goof nutritious food to take to his home planet, the boy also gives him a brush, floss, and toothpaste before going to back to bed. Donny Crank's exuberant, colorful illustrations add the perfect wacky touch to this excellent read-aloud books that parents can share with young ones, while teaching them good dietary habits! Also highly recommended is Kruse and Crank's picturebook "Cluck, Cluck, Cluck... SPLASH!" (9781596638563, $12.95), about a timid pet chicken struggling to overcome his fear while learning how to dive - it's hard, and he suffers from multiple belly flop failures, but with encouragement from the boy who owns him as well as from friends and the pool lifeguard, he finally learns a brand new skill!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Monday, June 11, 2012

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Monster at O'Malley's Mansion Review

From the MidWest Book Review Site:

Monster at O'Malley's Mansion
Donald W. Kruse, author
Donny Crank, illustrator
Castle Keep Press
c/o James A. Rock & Co., Publishers
900 South Irby, #508, Florence, SC 29501
9781596638549 $12.95

"Monster at O'Malley's Mansion" is an illustrated spooky tale with a twist. One day a brother and sister named Harry and Mary were gathering shiny rocks on the gravel road, and they found themselves near the dark old O'Malley Mansion that was rumored to have a monster! A storm was imminent, and shelter was nowhere else, so guess what? They knocked on the door, crept inside, and eventually discovered the occupant, a frail old man with a cane, not a monster at all! But he does turn out to have an unusual pet, who is not so frightening to Harry and Mary once they peek behind his mask. "Monster at O'Malley's Mansion" has a believable surprise ending that will blend nicely into fall Halloween activities and celebrations. With its sharp descriptions, dramatic illustrations, and pungent narrative, "Monster at O'Malley's Mansion" can be used to teach children to look beneath surface appearances to reach the truth. It is suitable for children age 7 and up.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Plaster Casts

A series of images focusing on the plaster cast or a similarly one-toned object.  I'm looking at the line that separates shadow from light and focusing on it.  There's a surprising amount of range that can be gotten out of very few values if the focus is placed on the relative difference between the values, rather than their absolute values.  For example, if two values are very near each other, and a third is quite different, the overall range of the three values is less significant --to a certain extent-- than the overall range they occupy.  Another way of putting it would be to say that both the absolute range and the relative range are of exactly equal importance, but the eye sees the absolute through the relative, and picks out the differences within a pre-established range of values.

Monday, April 16, 2012


I'm starting to think about ways to create models and then light them.  These first images show some early movement I am making in this direction.  Its not just about creating the a small sculpture, but also about dealing with different materials that I have available (sculpy, metal bits, cloth, light bulbs) and integrating them in a convincing way.  My main goal is to make this work look like a more realistic form of the Surrealism I am doing.  While I am doing this, I want to also maintain the thought process element that plays a large part in that type of art.  I don't want to just think of an idea and execute it, I also want the elements that make up the sculpture to drive the creative aspect of the art.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012


Several Paintings and an Ink.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Cluck, Cluck, Cluck...Splash!

Cluck, Cluck, Cluck... Splash! is the third book I've illustrated for author Donald Kruse.  It can currently be found on along with the previous title There's A Goof On My Roof!  This story features a boy, his pet chicken, and the fear of diving from great heights.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Sketchbook Images

Some new images.  I really believe that describing the process of drawing is difficult to the point where it starts to undermine the process of drawing itself.