The Sea Forest is not dead!

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Hello, all!

I apologize for not updating in so long. I’ve actually made a big move. I’m talking from NYC all the way to China! Yeah, getting used to a new job and a new country isn’t easy. Unfortunately, blogging had to take a backseat for a time.

But fear not friends; I have a lot planned. I will update you all about my life here in the Middle Kingdom as well as my future projects. I’m currently in the beginning stages of two new books which I am very excited about. They will be a different experience from The Moon Moth, I can tell you that much. Oh, and I will share my sketches and doodles too, just for kicks.

So, stay tuned for future updates, OK? Ok! And please feel free to send me a message with any questions, comments, or suggestions for future posts. I will be sure to read them and answer anything.



Perhaps I should go back and color some of these old illustrations. Then again, don’t some things just work better in black and white? Well, maybe “better” isn’t the word. Many masters have worked primarily in black, white and grays and none would argue that their art was found lacking because of it. Edward Gorey, for one, springs to mind. If someone were to go back and color some of his pieces it would definitely change the “mood” but not necessarily for the better. Ok, I’m starting to ramble, never mind.

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 I’m pleased to find many positive reviews of the Moon Moth coming in. Here’s one excerpt I particularly liked: Ibrahim has done a wonderful job illustrating, laying out, translating (as it were) and pacing Vance’s original work. The whole design ethos is as crisp and clean as Vance’s prose. Those so inclined may read the… Read more.

I was once going to do the art for this graphic novel. It was a science fiction story about a girl living in a very fast paced future world. I did a bunch of prep-art for it, character designs, environments, etc. The story world was interesting and coming up with visuals for it was a lot of fun.

Alas, the author never finished the script. Instead of working on this story the author wrote a completely different one which has since been published. Ah, the fickle artistic temperament.

Well, I still have my sketches for memories. Oh, what might have been…

I did this while in college. I wanted to practice my inking skills. There was no tracing and I didn’t use a brush- except for the black borders. This is only a detail; the whole thing is a lot bigger! Needless to say with all that crosshatching and stippling this illustration took a long time to complete!

But I had fun doing it and felt proud when I had finished. Though, nowadays I don’t think I’d do something as pointlessly meticulous as this. All part of the learning process I suppose…