So while you're waiting for me
to finish my latest book of sketchiness
why dontcha take a look at
this big fat sandwich
of an old school sketchbook
I'm proud to say that this one,
circa 1998 to 2000 or so,
earned itself a Caldacott Medal.
And when I say
stole from Mo Willems' office.
this baby is packed
with all sorts of
and odd doodles...
At this time in my life
I was working as a director on
Sheep In The Big City:
And all the while I was waiting to see what would happen
with the pilot I had recently made at Cartoon Network.
Codename: Kids Next Door.
So the book has a lot of early
KND ideas in it:
There's even a sketch of Numbuh Two
by Maxwell Atoms:
And then one day it happened.
KND was greenlit to series.
I left for a two week vacation
to Japan the next day:
Production began when I got back.
Here are some rough ideas for the KND's
snow gear in Operation: ARCTIC:
After a year of having Mr. Willems
abuse my Sheep drawings,
I didn't feel so bad making
fun of his KND drawings:
I really like
this early sketch of
Numbuh One and Lizzie
supreme storyboard artist
drew stuff like this
I crapped in my pants,
ran home to change,
and then promptly
crapped my pants again:
Here's an all-mighty ratings report:
Here's an example of a storycard we'd hang on the wall:
The ATT represents
one of our story types:
ATTACK - The KND are attacking something
DEFENSE - The KND are attacked BY something or someone
BUDDY- Focus is on two characters
TEAM - A story with all 5 characters as a team
SOLO - A story that focuses on one character
We always tried to spread the stories out
so we didn't get too many of the
same type too close together.
The other side of the card had a brief synopsis of the story:
I always LOVED how hyper-mega-awesome
storyboard artist Kim Arndt
drew the characters:
I could go on and on.
This books is just
with fun stuff.
I know I say it all the time.
But you should keep a sketchbook.
Just shut up and do it.
You'll be glad you did
when you dig it out years later.