If you are what you eat, elephants are basically one big walking pile of acacia leaves. They eat other plants too, of course—some populations of elephants have hundreds of different greens to choose from—but the elephants that I met in Kenya loved acacia plants, enormous spikes and al
There are all of these little moments in my sketches that never make it into a final book, raw ideas that are loose and messy that capture the feelings or information I want to work into in a scene. Some are diagrams, some are page spreads, some belong in a future, unwritten project.
Last week, I had the privilege of speaking to nearly 1,000 students about great white sharks and the process of making books. As always, I had a blast—school and library visits are among my favorite things—and as always, the students were armed and ready with an endless supply of exce
It’s been exactly one year since my last blog post. In the past 365 days, a lot has changed. For one, we’ve moved out of a one-bedroom, walk-up apartment in New York City and into a three-bedroom, two-bath house in a small town in Oregon. For another, our infant son is now a toddler,
So you’ve got your book idea. You’ve played around a bit—an image here, a scene there—maybe using Post-its or notecards or by making some sort of simple outline. But… now what? What’s the next step? It’s time to date your book. This isn’t exactly like real dating, of course. You don’t