Dragon, Robot, Gatorbunny – Now an ebook!

Dragon,  Robot, Gatorbunny


My new Drawing/Doodling/Poetry Activity Book from Chronicle Books is now available as an ebook.

The incredible digital team at Chronicle did such a fantastic job!

The book was made with Apple’s brand-new platform called iBooks Author.

It’s available for download on your iPad with iBooks or on your computer with iTunes.

Check it out at the ibookstore: http://budurl.com/DragonRobotEbook

This is the description of the ebook from the publisher:

A book for doodling, drawing, and laughing! Featuring the inimitably humorous art of Calef Brown and a wonderful menagerie to stretch and inspire your artistic talent and imagination alike! The multi-touch format allows users to draw directly onto and alongside the designs included. Create over and over again and enjoy wildly inventive fun for artists aged 5 to 105.

The book begins with what inspired it – the drawings of snails that I do when visiting schools, and seeing the excitement of kids, some as young as 4, as they create their own spin-off snail creatures.

Some of the pages have prompts,  some are more open-ended,

and most incorporate some rhyming or short poems into the prompts or descriptions.

I hope kids will play around with language as well as art for their creations.

The reader can draw right in the ebook with his/her finger, or with a stylus.

It’s so much fun, I’ve been playing with it for the last few days. here are a few screen shots:

Check it out!

Heroes, Saints, and Sages

This is a series of illustrations for Yoga Journal magazine. The article is about the mythic and historical origins of certain poses.


Independent Schools Illustration

My feature illustration for Independent Schools Magazine

was a chosen winner for American Illustration. Thanks to art director Glenn Pierce.

Poster for the SPLC and Teaching Tolerance

This is a poster that I created for The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program.

The Teaching Tolerance program is working to foster school environments that are inclusive and nurturing – classrooms where equality and justice are not just taught, but lived. The program points to the future, helping teachers prepare a new generation to live in a diverse world.

The quote that I was asked to illustrate is:

Today we have gathered and see that the cycles of life continue. We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. So now, we bring our minds together as one as we give greetings and thanks to each other as People. Now our minds are one.
–Adapted from the Mohawk by John Stokes and David Kanawahienton Benedict


Samurai Jack for the Cartoon Network 20th Anniversary

Jack Haunted

This is my take on Samurai Jack and Aku for the Cartoon Network 20th Anniversary Book and Exhibition

at Comic Con this summer. This project is being put together by Mark Murphy,

curator, designer and art empresario extrodinario.

It features an incredible line-up of international artists, each interpreting a Cartoon Network show.

Check it out here


Bushman Lives!

This is the cover art for Daniel Pinkwater’s novel Bushman Lives! which will

be published later this year.

The novel has 79 Chapters, and I did a small piece of spot art for each.

these are some of my favorites:

Three for CFO Magazine

These are three pieces for CFO on the subjects of Financial Planning & Analysis Hires, Utilizing the Dashboard, and New Oversight Rules for Accounting and Audits.

It was great to work with art director Robert Lesser again after a few years.

Map of Costa Rica

I love illustrating maps. This was a fun and colorful one to paint for Travel and Leisure. The article deals with the ups and downsides to purchasing land , the best spots, and stories of those who have moved there. Click for a larger view.


Two for Independent School Magazine

These are two feature illustrations recently created for Independent School magazine.

AD– Glenn Pierce, who is wonderful to work with.

The title  of this piece was the Professionalization of Independence.

The article focuses in large part on the challenges and opportunities that technology

has brought to the teaching world.

Here is my sketch in a rough layout:

And the final:

This one was another full page piece. The title of the article was

Rethinking the Head of School Position.

It deals with ways that school trustees can support the president, and empower him or her to

work efficiently. I chose an allegorical treatment here, that I think works well for the concept.


Annoying Buzzwords

This is an illustration for Plansponsor magazine commissioned by SooJin Buzelli,

one of the best art directors in the business.The article is about  those terrible workplace buzzwords,

like, for example:

Core competency
On the same page
Outside the box
Low hanging fruit

These are my three sketches:

And my final: