I love this illustration, which comes from freelance illustrator, designer, and comic artist Jake Parker.
Jake is the creator of the Missile Mouse graphic novel series, published by Scholastic, and he has also worked for Blue Sky Studios. While at Blue Sky, Jake created sets and environments for such films as Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and Rio. Right now, Jake—who lives in Utah with his family—is working as a freelance artist, creating picture books and comics.
Most recently, Jake embarked on a project to fund The Antler Boy and Other Stories, a collection of short comic stories he’s been writing and drawing over the past eight years. There’s more information in the below video, as well as lots of art. (For the record, I haven’t seen The Antler Boy yet, but this doesn’t stop me from featuring Jake’s art today.)
I thank Jake for visiting. Be sure to visit his site for more of his work (and previously published books); the “characters” page is particularly fun. His blog is here. I hope we see more of Jake’s art in even more picture books in the near future.
Oh, and I have to start out with his tattooed Santa, though it’s nowhere near Christmas. I love him too much — and maybe he’ll help us cool down a bit, even if he himself seems to be in swimming trunks.
All images reproduced with permission of Jake Parker.
Note for any new readers: 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is a weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you. New kickers are always welcome.
I don’t mean to be so brief today, but I think my kicks 1 to 7 this week can be embodied in the fact that last night I saw Lost in the Trees perform at a tiny club in Nashville. I’m actually typing this on Friday night, since I have a busy weekend ahead, so it feels weird to use the past tense.
Below is a picture of the band and one of their newer songs, which is My Current Favorite Beautiful Song. As you can see in that picture, there will be many instrumentalists playing tomorrow night. (I don’t even think all of them are pictured there.) I am such a fan of this little-known band that I feel an awful lot like Mel:
(That’s too fun not to post.)
So, I’m not at all like Mel, but I do know the words to all their songs. (And she’s impressive, huh?)
Okay, now here is the song. I won’t be standing in a forest tomorrow night, listening to them, but I will finally get to hear them live. I still say their latest CD is, hands down, the most gorgeous CD of 2012.
What are YOUR kicks this week?