SkyHeart by Jake Parker

Posted on Jun 10, 2018

Graphic Novel by Jake Parker of SVSLearn (with Will Terry and Lee WhiteExcited to support & pre-order the new book, SkyHeart, by Jake Parker of SVSLearn — Congratulations Jake on the exceptional work and labor of love! I look forward to enjoying it!

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Alienware = Fun

Posted on Jun 4, 2018

AlienwareArena.comThese past months I’ve had the great pleasure of illustrating assets & re-skinning loyalty rewards games (LRG) with Cataboom for Alienware Arena (The community site for Alienware, Dell’s gaming computer division).

In addition to creating assets & skins for “generic” Alienware LRG, I’ve also gotten to skin LRG for branded games’ promotions with many more to come (I may update the list below later). These include:

I have not posted the game screenshots yet (other than the branded ones in this article), nor the tons of other assets developed, not to mention work done with Cataboom for other brands (e.g. NTT DATA). Maybe someday…

But until then, below is a sampling with more that can be seen in a new “Assets” section of this site which will contain Characters, Props, Environments/Backgrounds, GUI, and other assets for games, apps, & video/animation:

Also, be sure to check out the Concept Art section which has pre-production assets: Concept Art and the sketches sections which have a lot of characters in them: Sketches (Select) & Sketches (Archive)

Game assets developed by Scott Monaco / QuietYell with Cataboom for AlienwareArena

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Social Media Posts: Week of 03-05-2018

Posted on Mar 12, 2018

1) “Yarrr! Me pose for the camera be anachronistic.”

2) “Bunsen & Laurel & Hardy & Beaker”

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Backed Kickstarter of Lorenzo Etherington

Posted on Mar 11, 2018

Delighted to have backed the Kickstarter below!

A 200 PAGE HARDBACK BOOK of Lorenzo Etherington’s HOW TO THINK WHEN YOU DRAW tutorials + a NEW 600 PAGE sketchbook + STRANSKI reprint

I selected the Tutorials Book + Sketchbook 3:

The Tutorials Book
How to THINK when you DRAW will be a 200 page full colour hardback book measuring 8.5″ by 8.5″. The book collects together MASSES of my drawing tutorials, covering an enormous range of subjects. The series is EXTREMELY user-friendly, designed to benefit every skill level, from the absolute beginner to the seasoned professional. The tutorials are better seen than described, so GO HERE for 100 FREE TUTORIALS.

The NEW 600 Page Sketchbook
The Deluxe Collection Part 3 will be a 600 page softcover black and white book measuring 8.5″ by 8.5″. The artwork will be divided into chapters themed around character design, pose and gesture sheets, monsters, robots, concept vehicles, environment design, world building and much more.

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Mimi’s Cafe Kids Menu

Posted on Mar 2, 2018

I got the pleasure to work with Tiffany McClain of Mimi’s Cafe to do the illustration work for their new kids menu and activity sheets to be used across their 84 restaurant locations.

I am excited to finally be able to share this work! Below is the press release with the PR image followed by a thumbnail grouping of the images I did for the menu and activity sheet that has been made public thus far.

Larger sized images can be viewed in the Painted Illustration Portfolio:

One of the activity sheets that’s been made public can also be viewed on Mimi’s Cafe website: here through the kids section: )


Feb 27, 2018, 07:17 ET

Mimi’s Promotes Healthier Choices With Engaging New Kids Menu

Flipbook-style menu lets kids select dishes while creating stories with furry French friends

DALLAS, Feb. 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Mimi’s has launched a creative new kids menu that features healthy choices and an entertaining experience to make ordering fun for even the youngest diners.

The flipbook-style menu is a charming storybook starring Elle and Pierre, a cat-and-dog best-friend duo traveling through France together. The pair help kids select a main dish, side and drink, with each turn of the menu’s three-part pages creating a new scene in the French countryside or city, as Elle and Pierre enjoy picnics, riding trains, dancing – even parachuting.

“We wanted to create a new way for kids to engage with the dining experience and empower them to make their own choices,” said Mimi’s Senior Director of Marketing Tiffany McClain. “Our new kids menu is a fun and interactive way to help children review the menu. They can find the items they like and give their order to the server independently and even nonverbally.”

The menu features new items such as French Toast Dippers, freshly baked Kids Waffle, Kids Cheeseburger or Cheese Quesadillas, as well as longtime favorites Puppy Dog Griddle Cakes, Sliced Grilled Chicken Breast, crispy Chicken Tenders, and Kids Fettuccini with Pomodoro Sauce.

Along with their main dish, kids can also select new beverages with their meal, like Honest Kids Appley Ever After or Super Fruit Punch. Last, they can add healthier items to their meals, such as GoGo squeeZ Applesauce and Yoplait Go-Gurt Strawberry Yogurt, for $0.99 each.

“GoGo squeeZ is thrilled to partner with a fun and exciting brand such as Mimi’s. Our mission at GoGo squeeZ is to make it easier for families to be healthier and happier. We hope kids will be excited about this addition to the Mimi’s kids menu,” said GoGo squeeZ Chief Marketing Officer Helene Caillate.

The entire kids menu is available all day, for kids 12 years and younger. Mimi’s also offers all-day breakfast, every day. For a full menu, locations and hours of operation, go to

About Mimi’s 
Founded in 1978 by Arthur Simms, who was stationed in France during World War II, Mimi’s is a neighborhood cafe offering fresh, hand-prepared American-French comfort food and bistro classics for breakfast all day, lunch, dinner and special celebrations. Now owned by Dallas-based Le Duff America, Inc., the North American subsidiary of global bakery-cafe leader Groupe Le Duff, headquartered in Rennes, France, Mimi’s has 84 locations in 16 U.S. states. Mimi’s sources the freshest ingredients, inspiring its scratch-made French bistro classics and American comfort food. A full menu and more information is available at

Media Contacts:
Sara Hundley or Curry Heard
SPM Communications or

Mimi’s Cafe

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Social Media Posts: Week of 02-26-2018

Posted on Mar 2, 2018

1) “Kool-Aid?! I love Kool-Aid!”

2) “Their neighbor was rough around the edges… and the insides too…”

3) “He was sad to retire from the pharmacy but did look forward to helping people in other ways.”

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Painting Andy Estra’s Cat-Butt-Face Sketch

Posted on Feb 19, 2018

Original Sketch by @Andy_Estra (Instagram) : I always admire and am inspired by his work (Thanks, Andy!). This particular sketch amused me so much that I just had to do some painting practice on it! …Of course, there are many other sketches of his I want to paint (and wish I had sketched!). Hopefully, in painting this, I learned something from his work to improve my sketching (and hopefully I did right by your great work, Andy!)

Original Sketch Text:
“Don’t know why my cat always puts her ass in my face. Hope you all have a great weekend”

Original Sketch Permalink:

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Archive of 6,000 Historical Children’s Books (Digitized and Free to Read!)

Posted on Feb 19, 2018

The archive of historical children’s books:
Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature

From the article:

We can learn much about how a historical period viewed the abilities of its children by studying its children’s literature. Occupying a space somewhere between the purely didactic and the nonsensical, most children’s books published in the past few hundred years have attempted to find a line between the two poles, seeking a balance between entertainment and instruction. However, that line seems to move closer to one pole or another depending on the prevailing cultural sentiments of the time. And the very fact that children’s books were hardly published at all before the early 18th century tells us a lot about when and how modern ideas of childhood as a separate category of existence began… Enter the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature here, where you can browse several categories, search for subjects, authors, titles, etc, see full-screen, zoomable images of book covers, download XML versions, and read all of the over 6,000 books in the collection with comfortable reader views. Find more classics in our collection, 800 Free eBooks for iPad, Kindle & Other Devices.

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Valentines & Chinese New Year 2018

Posted on Feb 14, 2018

May your Valentine’s Day be rich with love… and 新年快樂, 恭喜發財!

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The Frog Prince In Progress

Posted on Feb 12, 2018

Some in-progress images of The Frog Prince illustration:

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