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Picture Book Report Update!

At Last She Found A Bed That She Considered Perfectly Wonderful

I made an epic post over on Picture Book Report this morning! I had two months worth of material to share, having missed my April posting date because of computer problems. It’s okay now though! I bought myself a new computer and holy smokes, it is wonderful. However! I’m now very, very poor. I mean I was pretty poor before, but the amount of money in my bank account is now frighteningly low. So before we continue on to the fun stuff in this post, I present you with a humble plea!

If you’re an art director, editor, publisher, or person who has the ability to hire illustrators: Consider hiring me to draw something for your project or publication? I’d really, really appreciate it!

Okay! Fun stuff! My Picture Book Report illustration for the month of April (up above) was a lot of fun to work on, though I definitely owe an enormous THANK YOU to my pal Vicki Nerino for her constant advice and input throughout the process. It wouldn’t have turned out as neat as it did without her help.

Something I don’t think I’ve mentioned anywhere is that I actually went down to New York in January to visit some friends. While I was down there I spent a day exploring the Met (where most of¬†From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is set). I took a few hundreds pictures with my phone, planning to use them for reference later. It was great! I knew I’d want to do an illustration dealing with the bed they sleep in at some point but I wasn’t sure which bed it was that was actually described in the story. So I just took pictures of every bed I could find in the museum.

More recently I found this little article that E. L. Konigsburg actually wrote for the museum. The article reveals that the bed she describes in the book isn’t actually on display anymore! So I ended up basing the drawing more off of my own mental image of what she describes in the book and a few ¬†additional photos I found online of beds from the same time period.

Here are a few in-progress shots!

Here’s what the finished line work looked like before I painted it…

The one part I really struggled with (and where Vicki really helped me) was in deciding what direction I wanted to go in with the colors. I made a bunch of really awful digital color roughs but after getting some input from Vicki I did one more, using only blue.

After that it was just a matter of sitting down and painting!

For the month of May I decided to try something a little different. I knew right from that start that at some point I wanted to do a bunch of little spot illustrations rather than one big one. I was a little bit short on time this month and the next big illustration I have planned depicts a crucial moment in the story. I didn’t want to give that scene a rush treatment so I decided to do those spot illustrations this month.

The New York Times

Newspapers and I have a long history together. My dad has been a newspaper reporter as long as I’ve been alive. I was first exposed to comics thanks to newspapers. I interned in a newspaper art department for two consecutive summers when I was in college. I’ve just got an intense love for this form of media that is now, sadly, really struggling to stay alive. Anyways, this little drawing might not look like it was the most exciting thing to draw, but I enjoyed every moment of it. The headlines, which are intentionally obscured by the size of the image, are a mix of well researched and accurate to the year the book was written (1967) and completely made up and silly. I borrowed names from some of my pals for the bylines. Ryan Pequin, Meg Hunt, Britt Wilson: you’ve all written articles for the front page of this fictional incarnation of The New York Times. I used my dad, Mike McAndrew, for one of the articles too.

Check out the other two spots over at Picture Book Report!

Before I end this epic blog post, I want to remind everyone that I’m giving away the last few copies of my FERAL PIZZA mini comic! You’ve got until the end of the day tomorrow (Friday) to put your name in for a chance at winning!

I should also mention that I am in fact still working on commissions that people ordered a while back. I’ve understandably had a few people email me, wondering when they’ll get their drawing in the mail. I fell way behind on them as I was busy preparing for MoCCA and SPX over the last few months but I’m going to try very hard to work my way through the pile now that convention insanity is over with for me until the fall.

Thanks for reading!

The Man Who Does Not Age, He Just Keeps Getting Taller

the man who does not age, he just keeps getting taller

Just a little doodle from earlier this week. I hope you’re all drawing something for the big contest I’m holding! And I’m still taking on commissions!


Hello there!

My friends, I’ve called you all here today to tell you that I AM NOW ACCEPTING ART COMMISSIONS.

Yes! It’s true! For a mere $20.00 you can own your very own 5″x7″ Phil McAndrew brand ink drawing on nice heavy paper! The drawing can be of whatever you want.

If you want something a little more involved, shoot me an email and we can work something out.

BUT WAIT A GOSH DARN MINUTE! I’m teaming up with my good friend Britt Wilson who also happens to be offering commissions. For an extremely reasonable $30.00, you will get a 5″x7″ drawing from EACH of us. That’s two works of art for $30.00! TOTALLY AWESOME!

There will be a $4.00 shipping charge on all purchases. I’ll be packing everything with extreme care so that it will make it’s way safely to your house/apartment/castle/cave/space station/dorm room/pyramid tomb/haunted swamp/condo.

So if you’re interested, I’d love to draw something for you! I don’t do this very often, so take advantage of it while it lasts! I’ve got a nice handy little paypal button for easy ordering down at the bottom, but first here are a few examples of what kind of work you should expect…

okay, okay, we get it, you're not going to conform.
mallfolk #4
Zach Prelewicz

Commission Options
What is Phil drawing?
What is Britt drawing?

shirts and comics for sale!

I printed extra shirts and mini comics because a few people online and some of my local friends expressed interest in buying them. Also, at the moment it looks like I won’t have a table at SPX this year. I’m currently still planning on going, but unless someone out there is willing to sell me a little bit of space at their table, I won’t be bringing most of this stuff down with me so I might as well get rid of it all now. Spread the word!

This & That #3 - $4.00
This & That 3

Brand new, first printing! 36 black and white pages with a screen printed cover. Printed and assembled by hand, so you know these little books have plenty of love in them! It collects some of my comics that have been published in various anthology books, as well as a number of unpublished stories, assorted drawings and single panel cartoons.

Champion T-Shirt - $15.00
champion shirt!

I screen printed all of these by hand on tagless 100% cotton shirts. The shirts were all washed prior to printing so there should be minimal shrinking, if any at all. Available in adult sizes only for now: Small, Medium, and Large. Quantities unfortunately are pretty limited and I have already set a few aside for people. I’m not sure how soon I’ll be printing another batch of these.

This & That #2 - $2.00
This & That 2

I sold out of the first batch of these a while ago and had to do a second printing for MoCCA. 16 pages, black and white, printed and assembled by hand. It collects some of my personal favorite stuff that I drew in 2005-2006, pretty much all just short strips, no longer stories. It features the little champion guy on the cover.


You can get any three for $1.00 or all seven different designs for $2.00. If ordering just three, please specify which three you’d like when you email me!

For $20.00, you can get a shirt, both This & That #2 and #3, all seven different buttons, AND an exclusive super tiny Snowman With A Robot head mini comic, which is 10 full color pages and only 1.25″ tall. If you think you might be cool enough to participate in this deal, please let me know in your email!

Snowman With A Robot Head

I could probably figure out how to set up a fancy “buy now” paypal button for each item, but I’m really pretty excited about drawing and making cool stuff right now and would rather be doing that than fiddling with the computer so if you are interested in buying anything, this is what you do:

If you’d like to order anything, send an email to philintheblanks AT gmail DOT com and let me know what you want, how many, and what size if you are ordering a shirt. I will respond to each email with a total and my paypal address, which you can then send the money to. Please be sure to include your name and address with your paypal payment!

Shipping for any orders that include shirts will be $5.00. Shipping for any order that does not include a shirt will be $2.00. Shirts weigh more than mini comics, plus I’ll be sending them in those fancy envelopes with bubble wrap coating the inside so that they will be protected if the package gets wet on it’s epic journey. The fact that paypal always takes a cut is also factored into the shipping cost. Shipping anywhere other than North America will be a little more, let me know where you are if this is the case and I’ll try to figure out what the cost will be. I always feel bad charging people for shipping, so I will be throwing a few buttons in with every mini comic or shirt order while supplies last

Thanks so very much to everyone who even considers ordering anything!

If by any chance there is anyone reading this that might be able to help me out with a little bit of table space at SPX this year, please let me know! I’ll give you comics, snacks, hugs, and money!

I should also mention that I know there are still a few of you waiting for commissions from a while ago! I halted work on commissions as I was getting ready for MoCCA but am now going to be chaining myself to the drawing table for the foreseeable future. You guys will be getting some neat swag to make up for the delay and to thank you for being so very patient whenever I do finally finish the commissions and mail them out.

Lower Regions

Lower Regions

Alex Robinson (Box Office Poison, Tricked, Lower Regions) commissioned me to draw the sexy barbarian character from his Lower Regions book. I had maybe too much fun drawing this.



work in progress

I’m working on a bunch of commissions still. This one if going to be watercolored, but I wanted to share the line art before I started painting.

And this is a detail from another commission in progress…

MYSTERY! in color

MYSTERY! in color
Originally uploaded by H L Windcrampe

I colored that most recent commission that I finished. I actually kinda wish I’d drawn this about a month ago, I’d love to put it on a batch of postcards! I just got the feral boy cards in the mail though, so I won’t need to print anything new for a little while.

More commissions are coming soon! After posting this one I got a few more orders so this blog shouldn’t be lacking in new illustrations for a while.


Originally uploaded by H L Windcrampe

Another commission drawing, this one for the insanely talented Douglas Frey. He left the subject matter up to me and I’d been in the mood for some sort of mystery/suspense/detective drawing. So here it is! I hope you like it, Doug!


I’m working on some commission drawings right now. This is the first of them, Nosferatu! I had a lot of fun with this and am actually going to be a little sad to part with it.

I’m still accepting commission orders! I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here at all yet, so here are the details: I will draw anything you want. Famous characters from movies, tv, or comics. Celebrities. One of my characters, one of your characters, a picture of you and your friends, something from my imagination… anything.

$15.00 for ink on bristol or $20.00 if you’d like me to watercolor it. All commissions will be 6″x9″, though we can work something out if you’d like something larger or more complicated. The first ten orders will get an extra little surprise with their artwork.

If you’d like to own some original Phil McAndrew artwork, send me an email at philintheblanks at gmail dot com and I’ll give you my paypal address!

Thanks a bunch to anyone who even considers ordering a drawing! If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask!