Hello, Reddit!

I am a graphic designer and illustrator and I'm launching my first kids book, "Toucan Play", later this year.

Please check it out! www.kickstarter.com/projects/1791906522/toucan-play-a-picture-book

In celebration of this, I will be doing an AMA where I'll answer questions and draw stuff.

Ground rules -

  • since my book is for kids, lets keep this PG.

  • ill be spending 10-15 min per drawing, so things like 100 duck-sized horses are out.


Corgi in an Astronaut Suit - http://i.imgur.com/ZKGhFoI.jpg

Classy Snail - http://i.imgur.com/3c7AtW0.jpg

Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Trotsky in Fat Albert's junkyard gang style - http://i.imgur.com/KuHHbL6.jpg

Nicolas Cage as a cat - http://i.imgur.com/Dz4LdC8.jpg

Pug in a Business Suit trying it use an iPhone - http://i.imgur.com/9gpavsE.jpg

Throughvagabondeye's childhood house - http://i.imgur.com/2XF0P4l.jpg

Gorillasaurus Rex - http://i.imgur.com/yY31ag0.jpg

Snoo riding a toucan - http://i.imgur.com/qGPrshE.jpg

Sloth and Hunchback playing Chess - http://i.imgur.com/NJLGziA.jpg

Sloth holding scuttlefish - http://i.imgur.com/iCWYmWY.jpg

Fish scolding a Giraffe for being selfish - http://i.imgur.com/YQznSV0.jpg

Terrorist Ostrich - http://i.imgur.com/50rypeP.jpg

Elephant Eating a salad - http://i.imgur.com/9waLfVw.jpg

Chihuahua pretending to be a bat - http://i.imgur.com/0Bsb23S.jpg

Horse-sized duck, duck-sized horse - http://i.imgur.com/quO9UQm.jpg

Echoscurvydog's dog - http://i.imgur.com/Scv4nhW.jpg

Trex and Darth Vader fighting with Fish - http://i.imgur.com/NIixSZh.jpg

Dragon hosting a light night talk show - http://i.imgur.com/JHJ45L9.jpg

EDIT 4 -

Thanks for the suggestions, everyone! This was a blast. I may do another "AMA Draw Anything" in a few weeks since this one was so much fun.

If you enjoyed the drawings, please check out my first kid's book - www.ToucanBook.com


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mavriksfan1131 karma

Will you draw juvenile delinquent versions of Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Trotsky. Perhaps in a Fat Albert's junkyard gang style?

Dave51710 karma

This would take me an hour. But if it gets enough upvotes, we'll see :)

Jaxon_Smooth17 karma

Can you draw a giraffe being scolded by a fish for being selfish?

Dave51733 karma

grant04 karma

Amazing. Please draw a pug trying to work out how to use an iPhone. Bonus points if it's dressed in business attire.

jar-is-a-door16 karma

Would you draw a sloth holding a cuttlefish for me? :D

LevGlebovich13 karma

Please draw Sloth from the Goonies playing chess with the hunchback of Notre Dame.

Dave51737 karma

Here we go! BOOM - http://i.imgur.com/NJLGziA.jpg

phatbaby50003 karma

best AMA ever!!!

Dave5172 karma

Thank you, kind sir or madam.

pepetito45612 karma

please draw an ostrich that is part of a terroist cell

Dave51727 karma

YeoEuiJu8 karma

Please draw a Gorillasaurus Rex, whatever interpretation u deem fit

lesi207 karma

Oh wow thanks for doing this.

Whats your favorite Animal?

Do you like Eminem?

Draw Eminem please? Or a pack of M'n'M's

Dave51712 karma

My favorite animal is the siamese fighting fish. Least favorite is the giraffe. Giraffe's are so selfish.

Eminem isn't on my iPod, but even I can recognize he's super talented.

Chuy146 karma

Nicholas Cage's head on a cats body please

paulkonerko26 karma

Can you draw a dragon hosting a late-night talk show?

Dave51711 karma

Connerpaulk6 karma

Terrific stuff! Now if only I was related to you (check my user name) YALA!

Dave5177 karma

Wow, really freaked me out for a second there, Dad :)

rodthedrigo6 karma

How about a T-Rex fighting Darth Vader using large fish as weapons?

Dave51726 karma

Too awesome not to draw - http://i.imgur.com/NIixSZh.jpg

Anonym6265 karma

Could you draw a chiwawa hanging down from a branch trying to blend in with bats?

violet_mist5 karma

My startup needs a logo, business cards, and letterhead. Plus everything for the website. We want something that says "innovation" and "cool" but is still strong and reliable. I sort of like that blue, you know the one on movie posters?

We need this by Tuesday but Monday would be better so we can make changes.

I can't pay you now, but I'll give you stock and that'll be worth a lot more anyway.

So you'll do it right?

Dave5177 karma

Oh, it's already done. Just like your check is already in the mail.


A horse sized duck next to a duck sized horse. Pleaseeeeeee

Dave51714 karma

Since you asked so nicely - http://i.imgur.com/quO9UQm.jpg

helloimcody4 karma

Draw an elephant eating a nice salad please.

Dave51716 karma

deathandsandwiches4 karma

How long does it take to make a children's picture book thing? Also, draw the meaning of life.

Dave5176 karma

This is the first book I'm releasing by myself, but the process is a little easier for me since I'm both writing and illustrating. At this stage, I've spent about 3 months on the book, and I'm estimating 2 more to finish it out.

The hard part (for me) is coming up with the concept and first draft. Everything else has been fun so far!

rassen4 karma

Nicholas Cage! Draw us some cage!

GunMetalSnail4293 karma

How about a snail wearing a three piece suit with a monocle and a top hat?

Dave5173 karma

It's more of a one piece suit, but here you go - http://i.imgur.com/3c7AtW0.jpg

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Dave5171 karma

You got it!

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Dave5172 karma

After doing illustration and design work for other clients for a number of years, I wanted to try something for myself. I came up with the concept for Toucan Play earlier this year and decided to run with it. So far, so good!

slothpital2 karma

A sloth please! This is awesome of you. I hope your book does well.

Dave5174 karma

Already done. Bonus scuttlefish - http://i.imgur.com/iCWYmWY.jpg

throughvagabondeyes2 karma

How about a stylized version of my childhood house? http://imgur.com/a/8wF7l#0

Dave5172 karma

Echoscurvydog2 karma

My dog! She is my best friend and companion!


Dave5174 karma

I think I captured the personality quite well :) http://i.imgur.com/Scv4nhW.jpg

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Dave5172 karma

I'll be doing another one in a few weeks - stay tuned!

lukef5551 karma

Not exactly a drawing request but this is AMA so im gonna ask :P

Im going to school to be a graphic designer in about a month, are you already graduated? If so, how has finding a job been? Have you chosen to move locations for job oppurunties? I hope to move west or to the Carolinas (USA) after college but am not sure how the markets are.

Dave5171 karma

I graduated in '06 with a BFA in Studio Art, Graphic Design emphasis. It took a few months, but I found a in-house job doing design work for a company in NC.

Job availability will vary depending on location, but if you have a strong portfolio, you shouldn't have too much trouble finding one.

Best of luck!

Zero28911 karma

Nice work on your book, looks amazing

Dave5171 karma

Thanks! Feel free to pass the word along to anyone you think might be interested in the project.

mintfur51 karma

Hi! Thank you so much for doing this! Do you ever get bored of drawing? I know when I have to do a drawing for art class (which sometimes takes up to three hours for one worth 15 marks), I need to struggle to focus for so long. Do you ever find this happening to you? Also, could you please draw me a kitten with a pilot's hat on? The leather ones with a strap of either side of the face (I think snoopy might have worn one when he was the Red Baron.)

Dave5171 karma

Like anything else, I go through tough phases and awesome phases. If I'm in a rut, I'll browse Google images for inspiration.