Author: alexschumacherart

End of year project updates

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Very merry greetings to all! I do hope your holiday season is great so far, and would just like to take the time on this stormy winter day to give everyone an update on projects of mine to look out for in the new year.

My new picture book, and follow up to The World’s Crummiest Umbrella, is in production now. It will be published by Wandering in the Words press and is tentatively slated for a spring 2015 release. Without divulging too much of the story, I wanted to share a peek of the main character from this whimsical little tale. Here is a quick sketch from my collection of character designs and story notes:

GB-sketch-webAs shared in a previous post, Under Belly Comics has picked up The Guitarist, the new graphic novel series from CW Cooke and myself. The story and artwork are currently undergoing some cosmetic overhauls as we put together the rest of our creative team. Check back here often for production art and updated on release information. This is going to be one wild ride, and to whet your whistle, here’s a teaser image brought to you with backgrounds by colorist Melch Valimento.

(Not final artwork)

There are also some exciting developments which have occurred recently in the animation industry. Unfortunately there isn’t much that I can share as of now, but I’ll reveal that there are some series pitches submitted to networks as well as other opportunities which have presented themselves that may serve as entrance into the field. Hopefully there will be more to share in the new year, so for now, send your good vibrations my way and think happy thoughts.

2015 is going to be one exciting year! Happy holidays y’all!

Happy Turkey Day

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Holiday greetings to all of the great folks who take the time to come visit my site! I created this piece entitled “Dinner Music” just for all of you (click the image to enlarge). I hope you all have a joyous Thanksgiving full of family, fun and, of course, FOOD! Amidst all the hubbub, don’t forget to take a moment to reflect on what makes you truly thankful.

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Before I take off on my trek for turkey, I wanted to share a few photos taken from the event held by Old Capitol Books last weekend for The World’s Crummiest Umbrella. I had a great time talking and reading to a wonderful group of attendees, both young and not so young. A huge thanks to everyone who came out and I’ll post more pictures soon!

The next event will be held at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco on Saturday, December 13th. If you’re in the area, come on by, say howdy, and pick up some early holiday gifts. As they say, the greatest gift is a passion for reading.

Have a great holiday weekend everyone! Gobble! Gobble!

(Mostly) Kidlit and (some) Comic book news!

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Hope everyone is enjoying the best time of year, as I am! Being born in late September, I feel as though I have a natural inclination toward the fall and winter seasons and the period between Halloween and New Year’s is undoubtedly my favorite span during the year. This is one of the reasons I’m so pleased to announce a load of cool things happening in the next couple months.

First, the good people over at Beach Bound Books posted a fantastic review of The World’s Crummiest Umbrella as well as holding a giveaway for their advanced review copy. I can’t thank Stacie enough for the kind words, and if you want a chance to win another copy (because you’ve already bought one, right?) of the book be sure to enter their giveaway contest in the next 10 days!

Coming up in just a couple short weeks is an event for The World’s Crummiest Umbrella hosted by the very cool Old Capitol Books in Monterey. On November 22nd I’ll be reading the book for attendees, as well as signing and sketching for everyone afterward. There will be copies available to purchase, but feel free to bring your copy from home for me to sign as well. It’ll be a fun afternoon for the entire family so I hope to see you there!

Then, on Saturday December 13th I’ll be appearing at the world renowned and uber awesome Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco to read and sign copies of The World’s Crummiest Umbrella! I love this place and the great staff there are some of the best people I know. If you’re in the Bay Area be sure to bring the family out to stop by and say howdy!

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I’ll close this blog post with some really exciting comic book news: The Guitarist, by myself and my most excellent writer pal C.W. Cooke (@CWCookeComix), has been picked up by Underbelly Comics and slated for release in 2015! This has been a long time coming for us, and we finally have the chance to bring this saga to the world. There will be some retooling and redesigning happening so we’re not sure when it will be out, but I will certainly keep all of the faithful visitors here posted on details as they develop.

Thanks for making it to the end of this post and hope it was a nice payoff for ya! See y’all soon and keep creating!

New interview and Bay Area event scheduled!

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Howdy folks! A quick update with some fun news is on tap for you all today.

Over at Beach Bound Books (great title, huh?), there’s been an interview posted in which I was asked all about The World’s Crummiest Umbrella, how I got into being an author and illustrator, and more. Check it out by clicking on their logo below:

BBB logoAlso, for my Bay Area peeps, there’s been a new signing/appearance added to my Events page which will be taking place in San Francisco. The always awesome Cartoon Art Museum will be hosting an author event for me on Saturday December 13th. I’m so excited to be back in the city and hope to see you all there!

That’s all for now, kiddies. I have to get back to work on the next books. If you would like to follow the progress of my work, or even have a giggle at my little rants, follow me on twitter

Keep drawing, keep creating, and keep dreaming.

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Website redesign and contest

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Welcome to the all new (in appearance anyway) alexschumacherart.com! The content is still the same for the most part, but I felt as though it was time to change the vibe a little. Spruce up the joint, if you will. So come on in and have a look around. Heck, take off your shoes if you’d like. I simply ask that if you move anything to kindly put it back. Be sure to visit the World’s Crummiest Umbrella photo gallery and brand spankin’ new Events page for upcoming appearances and signings.

Speaking of upcoming appearances and signings, I am pleased to announce that I have been invited to visit Old Capitol Books on November 22nd for a live reading of The World’s Crummiest Umbrella, as well as a meet-and-greet and signing following the reading. More information as well as a link to Old Capitol Books can be found on the Events page. Come on out and say hi! I may even scribble a little doodle in your book if you ask really nicely…

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Now, if you think that sounds fun, how does a Contest sound? Does it sound awesome? Well, you’re in luck my friends! Starting this week I will be holding a contest for those who have purchased a copy of The World’s Crummiest Umbrella. Two lucky winners will be receiving original hand-drawn artwork produced for the book, just for being a great fan and supporter! Possibly a piece of art like this:

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So, how do we enter? That’s an excellent question. Here’s the scoop: Between now and the end of the day on Friday, October 3rd just post a photo of yourself with your copy of the book on Facebook or Twitter (remember to use the #TheWorldsCrummiestUmbrella hashtag) and you’ll be automatically entered to win! You can also send photos to the email listed on the contact page if that’s what you prefer to do. If you plan to purchase your copy in the next two weeks, but may not have it in time to enter the photo contest, you can send me a proof of purchase and I’ll be happy to include you in the contest. Sound fun? Well get to it!

Happy reading and thank you all so much for continuing to help me share, promote, and get the word out about The World’s Crummiest Umbrella!

Labor Day!

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Greetings, inhabitants of the bizarre and wondrous dimension we call the internet! I do hope this finds you well and enjoying a lovely Labor Day with family, friends, food, and fun. With the holiday in mind, I concocted a silly little poem (and an even sillier little drawing) to delight all of the kiddies both young and old. Would you like to see it? I knew that you would.

Labor Day-webSpeaking of the kiddos, have you purchased and/or received your copy of my new picture book, The World’s Crummiest Umbrella, yet? I have been pleased as punch by the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response to the book thus far. Your love and support has meant the world to me, and I will just humbly ask two favors of you:

  1. Spread the joy by telling everyone you know about the book via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and whichever other social media tools you happen to utilize. I’d love to get the word out to as many folks as possible and I need YOUR help to do so!
  2. When you do receive your copy of The World’s Crummiest Umbrella, make sure to leave a review on the Amazon page for the book. It will help me out immensely and let other visitors know just how much fun the book is for the whole family!

I also encourage you to take pictures with your copies of the book which I will feature right here on my site, just like these two lucky literary fans:

Thank you all, enjoy the weekend, and there’s much more to come so stop by again soon!

The World’s Crummiest Umbrella

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Good evening folks!

I couldn’t be more pleased to announce the official release of my first picture book, The World’s Crummiest Umbrella! This is a story I have wanted to share for some time and I am finally able to thanks to the fantastic folks over at Wandering in the Words Press. My editor, who also happens to own Wandering in the Words, Jennifer Chesak has been nothing short of amazing while working with me on this book and I can’t thank her enough for helping me to fulfill one of my dreams.

The book proof live and in person!
The book proof live and in person!

Here is an excerpt from the press release on the publisher’s site:

Wandering in the Words Press is thrilled to announce the release of The World’s Crummiest Umbrella by illustrator and author, Alex Schumacher. This delightful work of children’s fiction will please kids, and adults who are still kids at heart. It’s now available on Amazon.

You can read the rest of the release here. When you’re done perusing the wondrous site full of literary goodness, hop on over to Amazon where you can get your very own copy (or two, or three) of The World’s Crummiest Umbrella. If you’re curious as to what the book is about, here is the blurb from the back cover:

Once there was a boy who received the world’s crummiest umbrella. It was a gift from his mother, and he couldn’t believe she would do this to him. The umbrella was huge, multicolored and had a heart on a spring that popped out of the top. Ugh! The boy knows he’ll be the laughing stock of the entire school.But the boy soon learns that some gifts, even crummy ones, are not what they seem to be.

So, now that I’ve jawed your ear off about it, go buy the book for the child in your life and/or read the story for yourself. Once you do, help me spread the word by sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and any other social networking/media site that you can possibly think of. Be sure to leave a (hopefully favorable) review on the Amazon page as well. All of the above would be appreciated more than you know.

Thank you all and enjoy The World’s Crummiest Umbrella!

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Drawing on dogs… For inspiration.

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Not actually drawing on them, though that may be funny too. As they are, dogs are hilarious, disgusting, oblivious, and wonderful for observation and zany ideas. Fun and whacky drawings like these help to keep the creative juices, and sometimes slobber, flowing. Enjoy and/or be horrified how closely some of these may hit home.

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Cats can be funny too I s’pose… It’s just far less common. A cat in a situation like this though? Hi-Larious!

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I know I’ve been teasing at it for some time, but the publisher will be ordering the proof for my first picture book and we will be one step closer to getting those babies in your hot little mitts! More news to follow so stay close, visit soon and stay gold.

 

More ‘doodles and more’

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Here are some more random lunchtime doodles sketches. Some are funny, some are twisted but hopefully they’re all at least (mildly) entertaining. Let me know how you’re enjoying these silly lunch doodles about lunch! I’m always open to suggestions and requests also. Shoot me a message using the form or the email address provided on the About/Contact page.

Here is a quick piece I whipped together to celebrate the World Cup final. Of course, no one is happier than the soccer ball once it’s all over.

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My little pal Noah asked for a Steamboat Willie sketch and I was so taken aback that the character/film still resonates with his generation that I gladly obliged. Here is a great picture which his mom took and sent to me.

If anyone is interested in a personalized, one-of-a-kind commission like the one Noah got please feel free to contact me!

Next week I should have a very exciting announcement regarding my first picture book, The World’s Crummiest Umbrella being published by Wandering in the Words Press! Stay tuned for the awesome news.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Doodles and more

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I’ve very recently begun the practice of rapid fire doodling while on my lunch break at work. I feel as though it’s a great exercise for not only keeping my sketching technique loose and lively but also for brainstorming ideas. Contrary to that notion, I initially couldn’t think of just what to sketch. Then I found inspiration from a source which was literally right under my nose, lunch. So began my series of lunchtime doodles about lunch. For those who don’t already follow me on twitter (which you really should @AJSchumacherart) or are currently a fan of my facebook page (which I urge you to be at www.facebook.com/AlexSchumacherArt), I am presenting said doodles here for your enjoyment.

This weekend I reached into the annals of my journey through creativity and decided to reimagine a character I had concocted with a friend in summer school when we were fifteen or so. To entertain ourselves an entire cast of ridiculous and wonderfully wacky characters were generated and I may at some point get around to updating them all. Today, however, I am presenting the madcap Calculadora Man! Here he is doing what he does best, playing with himself.

Calculadora Man-webLastly, today I want to share a beautiful model sheet from Fritz the Cat by one of my favorite animators Ralph Bakshi. These expressive poses are spectacular examples of line-of-action utilization. If you are a fan and/or student of animation and haven’t already explored Ralph’s ample catalog of films and series, I highly recommend you do so immediately.

Fritz model sheet

Have a great weekend everyone!