Calef Brown
Hallowilloween Hello
Hello Drawgers and Drawgologists. Wow, 2010 has flown by. My analog life has eclipsed my blogging routine, such as it is, in it's spottyness. My favorite season is now and I'm happy to have a seasonal book on the shelves. A frontflap introduction: Are you ready for Hallowilloween? With wolves, witches and everything in between? A human collage! A Shrunken head! An evil Vumpire– not quite dead. Don’t be surprised if the Poltergeyser materializes before your very eyes. Witness a scarecrow’s fiery demise. It’s all rather creepy, and about to get creepier when The Grim Reaper shows up for supper with his weird sense of humor. Is the Mummy unhappy? Is that just a rumor? Now on display– The Portrait of Gory Rene. And a tarantula buffet. Meanwhile, the Oompachupa Loompacabra is stalking it’s prey in a lonely valley. Two cats are about to battle in a dark alley. So don’t lose your way, or dilly dally. It’s a magic night, a silly, spooky scene. Welcome, one and all, to Hallowilloween!
The Exquisite Corpse of an Evil Clown
I've been working on a project with The Library of Congress and The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance called The Exquisite Corpse Adventure.
As The Library of Congress site describes it:

Our "Exquisite Corpse Adventure" works this way: Jon Scieszka, the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, has written the first episode, which is "pieced together out of so many parts that it is not possible to describe them all here, so go ahead and just start reading!" He has passed it on to a cast of celebrated writers and illustrators, who must eventually bring the story to an end.
Every two weeks, there will be a new episode and a new illustration. The story will conclude a year from now.

The roster of writers is very impressive – and aside from Jon Scieszka also includes Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket, Gregory Maguire, M.T. Anderson, Nikki Grimes, and lots of others. My fellow illustrators are Chris van Dusen, Timothy Basil Ering, Steven Kellogg and James Ransome.
For chapter three I chose to depict the scene where Boppo the evil narcoleptic clown is threatening our heroes by juggling two meatballs and a bomb, until...

The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance site describing the project is here.
The interactive book on the Library of Congress site is here.

And lastly, a poem about Clowns I wrote last year that fits well with my approach to the drawing:


Just for a moment,
suppose that clowns
were hilarious
instead of terrifying.
It’s hard to imagine,
but keep trying.
Suppose that clowns
were likable,
merry, and droll,
instead of striking fear
in your very soul.
Could their clowning skills
inspire polite chuckles
instead of cold chills
and white knuckles?
Would you laugh
at every clowny antic
instead of feeling frantic
and full of agitation?
Try to picture it.
Use your imagination.

© Calef Brown 2008

Finally, if we're talking about evil clowns, we can't forget the dude from that band Prodigy.

¡Feliz Día de los Muertos!
Harvest Festival
This is a poster for the Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco.
I wasn't aware of the building before I took the project, but it was a wonderful subject.
Another landmark for lucky Bay Area residents to be proud of.

Two rather un-artful sketches

A beautiful shot of the building and the bay.

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