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12.17.2005

Illustration Friday: Imagine


Imagine what would happen if an ancient totem pole came to life...This is from a Sasquatch Books publication due out in April 2006 - A Totem Tale by Deb Vanasse.

I've been having lots of fun with the polar bear posts of late and will hopefully get in an "Imagine No. 2" posting over the coming weekend...

12.14.2005

From the drawing board: Final Cover Art


At last, the final stage of the Boo's Dinosaur cover that has been stepping along in my postings of late. I suppose that I might bump up the contrasts a bit more to pop the dinosaur out of that sunrise background, but you get a pretty complete picture here. All art for the book will be off in the mail tomorrow, and the waiting game begins again...

Look for further news about the publication of this book in summer 2006!

12.12.2005

One of those nights: Final

After slight derailment, the night train rallys! I'd have been better off letting a few more of these plastic dinosaurs get to work, but in any case I have succeeded in finishing off 3 additional images for the book.

The cover made less progress than desired, but this is where I'm at. I will post the final when I get there, and then its all off to Henry Holt!


Thanks for punching your ticket. Stay tuned for a new Illustration Friday image ("surprise") coming soon.

Ciao




One of those nights: part 4

I will make a few more additions and then post the final art. The "one of those nights" theme has been further enlivened by the fact that our daughter has been inexplicably awake since 1:45AM. Not sick. Not able to hear me working from her bedroom. Not usually prone to this behavior... Nonetheless, she is sitting in my lap right now and has succeeded in clouding that aforementioned "endless potential" of an evening :) I've gotten some work done, even with her company, but far far less than I'd hoped. So it goes...

One of those nights: part 3



Inked. It has been drying for an hour + and soon will be ready for the wash and just a little bit of colored pencil.

One of those nights: part 2


After some time adjusting the sketch, adding just a little "age" to Boo, and refining the foreground/background perspective on her brother Sammy, this is ready to trace onto clean paper and ink.

Also, here is an early digital photo of the cover work-in-progress. Currently grooving to some music from my brother-in-law. Something called Le pas du chat noir by Anouar Brahem. Good drawing music. That's all I know...




12.11.2005

One of those nights: part 1

Here it goes, one of those inescapable realities (for me at least) of work as an author & illustrator: the all nighter! Part of me loves it. The family tucked soundly into bed, the dog rumbling and squeeking on the couch, the BBC awaiting at midnight, and 8 blissful hours of uninterrupted time stretching with endless potential... Sensibly enough however, I don't indulge in such practice on too regular a basis. More than most I imagine, but it can't be healthy. Deadlines light the fire however and I always need a few of these wonderful evenings to get a book project finally put to bed. Get cozy. Here we go!

I'll be working on several paintings tonight, including the one that springs from this thumbnail sketch at the right. The real deal for the evening is cover art - which usually means that I am close to finishing the book. I will add some before and after shots of that tomorrow afternoon -- after a nap ;) Have a good night...

Stu stu studio... oh ooh oooh!

With due respect to Phil Collins, here is a current view or two of my studio:



Also, its going to be one of those nights... With the Boo deadline looming and only so many hours left until Dec. 15th, I will be up LATEarly. I'll post a before and after shot of either me or perhaps more interestingly, a painting, for your general amusement!