Dumpleton's Den


"The Grow Up Book"

Whats up ya'll? So before I start moving into my new apartment in Buffalo and things are extremely hectic, I have to make this post.  I recently completed my 5th childrens for Carousel Pediatrics titled "The Grow Up Book", and I am really happy with the finished product.  Compared to previous books I've done, this one has somewhat of a style change.  I took more of a graphic approach and allowed it to be easily legible by the kids.  I hope you guys like it as much as I do :)

Much Love,



"Grow Up Book" sketches

What's up guys, first off let me say I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving.  It's always good to spend quality time with your family, especially during busy times like these.  Let me also give my regards to those who like myself had to work the dreaded Black Friday.  Aside from that, it's been awhile since I've posted anything so I figured I'd give you guys something interesting to check out.  So as we speak I am currently in the process of completing my 5th childrens book for Carousel Pediatrics.  As of right now it is unofficially titled "The Grow Up Book", which is designed to inform kids about what it takes to live a healthy lifestyle.  I really like the concept and message of this book, so I thought I'd share some process sketches.  Now I'm not going to spoil the final product, so here are a few sketches which you will see within the finished book.  Hope you enjoy :)

Much Love,




Yeeehaww! So I recently returned from an awesome trip to Austin, TX.  The reason for embarking on this journey was to attend the wedding of a good friend of mine and former art director, Rachel Wood to her fiance Kenny Hostetler.  It was a beautiful ceremony and the reception was a blast :)  During my stay in Austin, I also met with my current art director for Carousel Pediatrics, Tanya Gonzalez.  We visited one of the most recent, state of the art, Carousel Pediatrics locations in the city as well as the creative office/print shop.

I also had the pleasure to spend time with a few of my great friends from my years spent at SCAD.  A couple whom which live in Austin and the surrounding area.  This proved most helpful when finding fun things to do in the city.  I have to say, Austin is definitely one of the coolest, weirdest, most fun cities I have been to.  Hell, the city's slogan alone "Keep Austin Weird" already raised my excitement before my visit.  Filled with creativity not only in an artistic form, but also in it's locally run, avant-garde restaurants/bars, second hand stores, and shops. Don't even get me started on the music scene, voted as the live music capital of the world.  This is a city that is growing at an alarming rate, and I can see why with the amount of creative minds and the city's ability to make something out of nothing.  Discovering this makes it easy to see why Austin is becoming "the place to be" for young Americans.  It would not come as a surprise in the least, to see myself relocating to such and awesome location within the next few years.  If you're wondering where to plan your next trip, give Austin some thought.  Unless you're a total square, you will not regret it.



All The Shapes Around Us

Hello all, it is my pleasure to introduce to you my 4th completed childrens book for Carousel Pediatrics, "All The Shapes Around Us".  I cannot express enough how great it feels to have this 4th book done, it was definitely the most difficult one to date.  One aspect of this book which posed a great challenge was the overall concept for each page.  It took a lot of brainstorming to come up with a scene for each shape that not only depicted different objects that conformed to those shapes, but also could be sensibly incorporated into one recognizable scene.  I put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this one but I am sure the kids will enjoy it.  Hope you do as well :)

Much Love,




Ski-bop-ba-doop, here's another piece to add to my series.  This one makes me want ice cream for some odd reason...  Enjoy!!




Hey all, it's currently 4:04am and I've finished another piece to add to my Animal Skull series.  Leave me with your comments whilst I fall asleep... zZzZz..



After reading an article last night about artist Chris Oatley's daily routine I found on EscapeFromIllustrationIsland.com, I was filled with inspiration.  Learning about how he wakes up every morning right around 6:30am to begin working encouraged me to do the same.  Chris is an amazing artist and works hard all day every day to continue perfecting his craft.  So I figured that I should be living my Illustration life the same way,  good things come to those who work hard right?  This morning I woke up at 6:30, made myself a nice tall cup of joe, and started working out ideas.  For awhile now I've had the desire to sit down and work out a series involving skulls from different members of the animal kingdom.  So I started sketching a mouse skull I found after dissecting an owl pellet I found in my yard a couple years ago.  This is what I eventually came up with after bringing it into Photoshop.  It's now 9:16am and I need to get ready to go to work at my day job, leave me with your comments :)


Desk Sketch

Gummy Worms

This guy was sitting next to me during a bus trip I took to visit a friend in NYC a while back.  I forgot about the sketch and felt like sharing it.  I want to start incorporating more sketches to my blog, so here's a start.


The ABC Coloring Book

Hello, hello!  I am happy to say that I have recently completed my 3rd childrens book for Carousel Pediatrics entitled, "The ABC Coloring Book".  This teaches the kids their ABCs while also allowing them to experiment with their creative sides through the use of color.  Below are a few examples from the completed book, enjoy :)