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Daily drawings and visual meanderings from wannabe illustrator, Adam McHeffey.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Release Day!

It's not everyday that you have your book published! I'm so pleased to announce that "Rudy and Claude Splash Into Art" is now available in bookstores around the country as well as on Amazon

If you've had a chance to flip through the pages and would like to leave a review on Amazon, your feedback would be most appreciated!


Thanks everyone for your support so far! It's been so great sharing the progress of this book with you guys, and I'm so happy with this journey so far.

-A

Thursday, September 11, 2014

TBT - If Rudy Was A Snake

I was going through some old drawings today when I found this:


It struck me that the original concept for my latest picture book, "Rudy and Claude Splash Into Art" actually featured a snake, not a rat, as its main character. It wasn't until I started drafting the images for the story that I realized I needed a change; I think that a rat, with its hands and feet, gave me way more options in the way of positioning Rudy and having him interact with Claude and the other props in the images.

Still though, this snake definitely would have been fun-- slipping and sliding around in the paint.



Monday, September 8, 2014

Rudy and Claude Out Next Week!

I'm so pleased to announce that just one week from today, on September 16, 2014, my second children's picture book, "Rudy and Claude Splash Into Art" will hit shelves!

Here's Rudy, he's the inquisitive protagonist from "Splash Into Art." We've gotten to know each other really well over the past year, and I admit that I see a lot of myself in him:


And here's Claude. the know-it-all pigeon that helps Rudy discover his voice as an artist:


As you'll come to learn, Rudy has a tough time wrapping his head around the whole art thing. But that doesn't stop him from being the most determined mouse around. 


Stay in touch for more updates! I promise to post more. For anyone interested, the pre-order for the book can be found here.




Thursday, September 4, 2014

My First Religious Illustrations



Just received a few advance copies of a work book I did for the Syriac Orthadox Church: a tool for them to use in their 4th grade religion classes. I wasn't sure how I felt about doing illustrations for any church, but illustrating bible stories is really fun: there's lots of swords and action, and the characters are great. Drawing people, especially their faces, hands, and clothing, is challenging but always rewarding.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Golden Triangle Celebrates Sendak

I received a great phone call the other day from an old school friend about doing the cover of the next edition of The Golden Triangle Writer's Circle-- an online literary magazine that features amazing work from writers and poets.

In celebration of Maurice Sendak's intensely prolific career and in commemoration of his recent passing, they requested a piece that had something to do with the man's work. I was ecstatic, nervous, and optimistic. I'm a huge fan of Sendak-- his stories, his lines, his textures-- so this was a project that I decided to take very seriously.

Here are a couple of sketches I submitted for their discussion. They've already made their choice with which will go to paint, but I won't tell you quite yet. Which one yells "Sendak" to you?


Hey, that's kinda neat!

So exciting! Asiago (my vampire protagonist, as you may or may not know) landed the site-stripe on the Amazon Children's home page. I'm so thrilled for that little guy.


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Tradition

It's becoming a tradition: whenever I finish a dummy for a new book, I lay out all 32 pages in my hallway and just sort of stare at them for a long time. It's a great feeling to get something like this done, especially when it's so nice out-- I thought I was going to be inside drawing all weekend.