Unexpected House Guest

Unexpected House Guest

Lyrics and Music by April Martinez Verse 1 – (Em, Em, B7, Em, Em, Em, B7, Em) October thirty-one, the kids are all just having fun In costumes and in groups outside the house out on the street. They’re laughing, talking, and they’re knocking on the door Of every house; they’re holding bags and calling out, “Hey, trick or treat!” Verse 2 Yet at my house, the lights are out. I scream and shout, But no one hears me crying….

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By the Way, I Forgot To Mention…

By the Way, I Forgot To Mention…

I don’t think I ever mentioned it on this blog, but in January of this year I published a coloring book called Patterns: A Coloring Book. If you’re into coloring for stress relief, go buy it, try it out, and let me know what you think. I created it all from scratch on Illustrator. Share this post:

How To Make Stereograms, Part 3: Hiding the Object in Your Pattern

How To Make Stereograms, Part 3: Hiding the Object in Your Pattern

Years ago I created and posted a handful of stereograms, and then I started a series of tutorials to share how I made them. Part I described how to create a background pattern or texture, and Part II described how to create a distance mask render or depth map. But I never finished the series of tutorials and completely left out this part, Part III. I didn’t get into it because by that time I was on a new computer…

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Songwriting and Poetry

Songwriting and Poetry

Two years ago, I took up guitar lessons. A year after that, I tried songwriting for the first time. These are the lyrics to the first song I ever wrote, based off a poem I wrote two lifetimes ago. Poetry Verse 1 I like alliteration, linking letters line by line, And making music that you marvel at the movement and the rhyme. We often wonder at the work that went into these words, And contemplate the cool, creative cadence in…

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Behind the Cover: Seducing the Hermit

Behind the Cover: Seducing the Hermit

Seducing the Hermit was published back in 2007. The author is Suz deMello, with whom I’ve worked before, and bless her heart—she specifically requests my cartoon covers, AND she is one of the very few whose books actually justify the illustration style. The last time I worked with Suz was for the cover The Wilder Brother, and we went through so many drafts doing that cover that I decided to skip all the potential communication problems and read the manuscript…

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