That time Adam Carolla “wrote” a children’s book and I illustrated it.

And what it points out for hopeful illustrators

During an episode of the Adam Carolla Podcast, Adam was complaining about how dumb kids books are and how easy they would be to write. He demonstrated by improvising a story. I thought it would be funny to illustrate/animate this “throw-away” story with absolutely professional artwork. 

I’m really happy with how it turned out. They even played it on the show! And the project drives home an important message to hopeful illustrators. 

Lets face it. EVERYBODY thinks they could write a terrific kids book if they were ever so inclined and given a few hours.  if given a day they could write a terrific kids book. Check out Craigslist for any city and you’ll see postings from people who wrote a children’s book (or have a “cool idea for a comic book”) and want YOU to illustrate it for free. “And then we’ll share the profits when it’s printed!!” 


Don’t ever do that. Even when working with a professional writer, its the illustrator who will have to put in the weeks, months to make a book come to life. And more importantly, publishers don’t want to work with writers who have already paired with an illustrator. Submit your portfolio to publishers and hope your style matches a story they are working on. If you are an illustrator who wants to self-publish a book for “exposure” (for free) or in hopes of selling it yourself, it’s always better to just write something yourself. It won’t be any worse a story than the tales from amateurs who post on Craigslist. Or even better, use a classic story that is in the public domain. You won’t make any money either way but at least you’ll have a book you can call your own. 

More thoughts and news from the world of comedy and art at my new Tumblr, Huckster Life.

Timmy and the Dinosaur by Adam Carolla

On a recent episode of the Adam Carolla Show, Adam took about a minute to write a children's book (Chris D'Elia episode).  I immediately dropped everything and began illustrating the tale of Timmy and the Dinosaur.

Here it is.


Timmy and the Dinosaur was featured on the May 13th episode of The Adam Carolla show. Thank you guys!



I handled this project like a storyboarding/animatic exercise (Yes, I'm looking for work in animation. Please share this with your industry friends). The pages were sketched out quickly in Photoshop. It's great because you can move, add and scale things easily. 

The artwork was created in Adobe Illustrator then imported into Flash. The line art just looks better when it's done this way. I used the custom brushes and techniques laid out by Clay Butler in this Youtube tutorial. I saved an Action that automates the steps it takes to go from this weird looking, overlapped lines to artwork that's cleaned up and ready to color.


Thanks to Jun Sugiyama for making his music available for stuff like this.