Umm, Someone Wanna' Give Me a Hand With This? by Steven Novak

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This one is a bit older than some of the stuff I’ve put up here so far. It was done a couple of years ago for a book titled “The Big Coat.” (Not exactly my best writing.) Despite the story not exactly standing the test of time I think this piece still holds up fairly well. No? Okay, maybe not, but could you at least pretend that it’s fantastic? Pretty please? Pretty please with sugar on top? Pretty please with sugar and a fresh, crisp new fifty dollar bill on top?


big, coat, color, fire, flames, fumes, house, kid, older, onlookers, street, work


  • Shanina Conway
    Shanina Conwayover 6 years ago

    Fantastic whimsical work…just brilliant Steven…and I’m not pretending;)

  • Thanks Shanina! And thanks for pretending to not pretend…sigh…this is getting confusing. ;)

    – Steven Novak

  • pinkyjain
    pinkyjainover 6 years ago

    Beautiful Steven, so much detail, so many characters each with their individual personalties, fantastic (and i’m not pretending either)

  • I do go a little detail happy from time to time, don’t I? ;) Thanks Pinky!

    – Steven Novak

  • JaneAParis
    JaneAParisover 6 years ago

    I’m not pretending either. Lots of super bright colors, and great expressions on the characters faces. Smiles from Jane.

  • Thanks again Jane! I always thought I went a bit overboard with the colors, but maybe not.

    – Steven Novak

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 6 years ago

    no pretending here, it’s fabulous and professional!
    the colour scheme rox my sox
    love the patchwork shirt

  • RoX your soX. Seriously? That’s what you’re going with? Are you a teenage mutant ninja turtle? ;) Seriously though, thanks Karin!

    – Steven Novak

  • amarica
    amaricaover 6 years ago

    You rock Steven

  • Yep, I’m a regular 80’s hair band! ;)

    – Steven Novak

  • nikspix
    nikspixover 6 years ago

    This just rox

  • Another person who uses an X instead of a cks? Sigh…I’m just not very hip am I? ;)

    – Steven Novak

  • helene
    heleneover 6 years ago

    Wow this is fantastic Steven – I love your use of colour!

  • Thank you much Helene!

    – Steven Novak

  • butchart
    butchartover 6 years ago

    no help needed….. the coat on the boy/fireman is an awesome undertaking in itself… the look on the fces in the crowd is icing on the cake… you rocked it………..b

  • You’re the fourth person in eight or so comments to say that I either rocked or Roxed this piece. I can only assume that this is proof beyond a shadow of a doubt that I do indeed rock. And fairly hard nonetheless. ;) Thanks!

    – Steven Novak

  • Tahnja
    Tahnjaover 6 years ago

    omg, the fireman’s coat is fantastic!!! Ok so where’s my fifty mate??? LOL

  • The check is in the mail! ;)

    – Steven Novak

  • red addiction
    red addictionover 6 years ago

    Do you draw all these out? You are a fantastic illustrator. You should illustrate for writers. Have you thought about something like that? I bet you already do.

  • I’ve illustrated lots of things for lots of other people than myself, but it’s so much more fun to do it for my own stuff. (My giant ego wouldn’t have it any other way) ;)

    – Steven Novak

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