Last week, I showed you all the iterations I went through to finally arrive at this cover design for my third book, entitled Mal and Chad: Belly Flop!

This week, I wanted to show you guys what my cover sketch looked like once I inked it!

Ta-da!

Tune in next week for the final exciting conclusion– the final cover in color!


Hey friends– I wanted to share with you my process for drawing the cover of my next book– the title of which will be, Mal and Chad: Belly Flop!

This week, I’ll share with you the penciling stage. At this point, my main goal is to find a dynamic composition that compliments the text elements as well as catch the eye.

My editor and art director wanted to have Mal falling forward more– to unite the image with the title “Belly flop!” Foreshortening is hard! It took me a long time to figure out how to draw Mal falling forward.

Finally, it clicked.

Any questions about this process? Feel free to leave them in the comments and I’ll try to answer them!

Up next week I’ll show you guys the inked cover.


Hey all! I’ve been working hard on the third book recently, and guess what? I finished all the thumbnails for the book!

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For those of you who don’t know, thumbnails are rough sketches of each page I plan to draw for the book. Keeping it rough like this helps me find the best composition, pacing and flow, without wasting too much time trying to make a drawing perfect.

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The total pages come out to 233! This will be the biggest Mal and Chad book I have ever drawn.

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And what’s that outside the window? That’s Japan. I’m now living in Japan! Please check out my blog documenting the trip!


Hey everyone, check out this amazing costume that 7 year old Mal and Chad fan Kurt Parker made!

Kurt made this costume for I Love to Read Week, a week long event put on by Yellowquill School in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada. Thanks Kurt! This is awesome! And thanks to Kurt’s mom for helping him put together the outfit, and sending me the picture.

I haven’t been online much lately, but I have been busy! I moved to Japan– and also I was in two interviews! One with Katie Davis, and another with Jerzy Drozd. Please check them out!


What would you put in these blank speech bubbles?

We are currently running a contest to see who can think up the best lines for Mal and Chad to be saying! Click here for more details!

What really excites me about the contest is the prizes. The winner will get the first and second Mal and Chad books signed by me, as well as a drawing by me of them as a Mal and Chad cartoon character!