Pose Drawing Sparkbook SOLD OUT! (Ebook Still Available)


Almost a year after my Kickstarter campaign ended, I’ve now sold and shipped my entire inventory of the Pose Drawing Sparkbook. I’m thrilled that so many people have found it to be a helpful resource.

Although there are no physical copies left, you can still order the ebook version as an instant download from my online store or through the iBooks store. The ebook has actually been more popular than the physical book. It’s less expensive, it’s easy to carry (just add it to your smartphone or tablet), and it’s the perfect companion to any sketchbook. Not sure what to draw? Just open the ebook and scroll through the lists of ideas or read some helpful articles about how to put more personality and life into your drawings.

I want to thank everyone again who backed my Kickstarter campaign or who ordered copies. I will never be able to express how grateful I am for your help in making my little idea a reality. I’m still hearing from artists who are using and enjoying the book, and I’m glad it has been so helpful to so many people.


Free Download: 50 “Mad Libs” Sketchbook Ideas

It took a lot longer than I planned but I’ve finally finished the last stretch goal in my Kickstarter campaign for the Pose Drawing Sparkbook. Back in August 2013 I said that if the campaign reached $15,000 I would create a free bonus PDF of fifty sketchbook ideas, written “Mad Libs” style. That goal was reached, and the list is finished! Grab your copy here, and please spread the word.

As with the drawing prompts in the Sparkbook, the goal is to break out of the same old poses and practice making drawings that are truly entertaining. If you sketch anything from the PDF or from the Sparkbook, feel free to share it in the Sparkbook Gallery on Facebook.


Last Chance To Order “Pose Drawing Sparkbook”

The Pose Drawing Sparkbook is almost out of print! After a successful Kickstarter campaign hundreds of copies were printed and now I’m down to my final box of books. If you still want a copy you can place an order on my online store: http://www.cedricstudio.com/store

If you are wondering if more copies will be printed, I’m afraid that, for now at least, the answer is no. Although the Sparkbook has been very well-received, like any other book sales have gradually slowed to a trickle, and most of the orders I now get are for the digital ebook version (which will still be available in my website store). Also, the economics of book publishing are such that to do another print run I’d have to order hundreds of additional copies. At the current rate it would take at least a couple of years before I’d sell enough to earn back my printing costs, if ever. Since most people seem to prefer the ebook anyway, for now that will be the only option once these are gone.

So, if you want to own a physical copy of the Pose Drawing Sparkbook grab one while you can.

“Pricing Game” For Illustrators


I’ve been a member of the Graphic Artists Guild for a couple of years now. They frequently host webinars on various topics related to business and art. The webinars are open to everyone for a fee unless you’re a member. Then they’re free. That alone makes a membership worth the cost. To give you an idea, here’s a list of past webinars.

On July 30, 2014 the Guild will be hosting a webinar/workshop for illustrators called “The Pricing Game”. Four experienced illustrators will each share an example of a real-world project, give you a chance to quote your own price, and then tell you what they actually charged and discuss some of the how’s and why’s of pricing your work. Here’s the official description from the Graphic Artists Guild website:

Do you feel like  you’re rolling the dice every time you bid on a new illustration project? This workshop is designed to help you learn what other working illustrators are charging, and how you can defend your pricing decisions. We will be presenting a project from each of four experienced illustrators, showing a range of project types. And we’re following up the Pricing Game with a discussion with our illustrators on how they estimate on new assignments, manage their client’s expectations, and follow through to successfully close a project.

The four pro illustrators are Marty Blake, Mark Monlux, Ed Shems, and myself.

Register or get more info here.


Spot Illustration for Highlights Magazine


The August 2014 issue of Highlights For Children just came in the mail. On page 38 is a spot illustration I did for an ongoing series called “Your Best Self”. Here’s the original art before the word balloons or captions were added.