Thursday, January 12, 2012


So what have I been working on lately? I tend to dabble in a bunch of different projects until one steps forward and says 'finish me off, already!'

This time, that would seem to be a picture book for the little ones, titled 'Awful Alvin.' I originally wrote a version and sketched out a few quick pictures to entertain my nephews some twenty years ago. Here's one of the original pictures (digitized and sans color).

I did rewrite the text later, going from a simple short narrative to a longer rhymed poem. Perhaps a tad sophisticated for the kiddies to read themselves (most of them) but that's what parents are for, right?

Anyway, I'm working on a new set of illustrations, though I really need to organize the studio some first! It's sort of an unused mess of a room at this time of year. The pics are to be black and white this time (but not necessarily pen and ink -- my originals were pencil). Maybe I'll tackle a short color book someday. One thing at a time, as I feel my way.

Speaking of which...

"I seek in painting." ~ Cezanne

A friend pointed me toward this essay, 'Late Bloomers,' by Malcolm Gladwell, originally published in The New Yorker --

An interesting read, especially for middle-aged artsy types. There's hope yet!


Anonymous said...

Late bloomers - you and me both! Maybe we had to go through all those decades so to get that life experience - methinks philosophically. But I might be right there, youth is exchanged for wisdom.

btw, the link doesn't work to that site. ;)

Stephen Brooke said...

The link worked for me just now but the server at their end does seem to be fussy. It might be easier just to go to and navigate from there.

Anyway, it looks like we're Cezannes, not Picassos!