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A recent illustration I did using a brush pen and watercolors. I put some close up on my tumblr site here!

Movember stache #5


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Movember stache #4

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Nominated for a BC Book Prize!

The BC Book Prize shortlist was announced this morning and Dalen and Gole: Scandal in Port Angus has been nominated for the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize! Two other Orca titles, Nowhere Else on Earth: Standing Tall for the Great Bear Rainforest by Caitlyn Vernon and What is Real by Karen Rivers, have been nominated in for other BC Book Prize’s. Congratulations to both Caitlyn and Karen!

Don’t forget to read the web comic and play the games at www.Dalenandgole.com!

Canadian Children’s Book News

In this Winter’s issue of Canadian Children’s Book News you can read interviews of 5 Canadian graphic novel illustrators and Authors including David Robertson, Scott Henderson, Claudia Dávila, Bill Slavin and myself. The article’s written by Scott Robins.

BC Kids Summer Reading Club!

This year I have had the opportunity to be the illustrator of the British Columbia Library Association’s Kids Summer Reading Club.  The B.C. Summer Reading Club (SRC) is a provincially-funded program which encourages children to read books throughout the summer vacation.

I have a new Tumblr Account where I will post the images of the process of creating the poster that will be printed this year. In the future I plan to post more process images there.


Click images to enlarge!


Click to enlarge!

Dalen and Gole Webcomic: The Process

Below I describe the process I use creating the weekly web-comic on dalenandgole.com!

I start by roughing out the comic in blue using a Col-Erase pencil. I sometimes do a really rough thumbnail sketch before I launch into this stage.

DalenAndGole_WebComicProcess2Next I ink the comic using a Number 2 Winsor & Newton series 7 sable brush and Speedball India Ink.

DalenAndGole_WebComicProcess3Then I scan the comic into the computer and remove the blue pencil lines from the image leaving just the black lines. On a Wacom screen I color in flat colors before shading.

DalenAndGole_WebComicProcess4On top of the flat colors I paint in shading. Then I overlay watercolor washes to add some texture leaving me with the final result:


More comics can be read at dalenandgole.com!