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Friday, February 21, 2014

Ana Paints the Universe

For my work in progress book pitch, The Big Splotch!



Monday, February 17, 2014

Drawing a Bunny in Dry Brush Demo!

I just recorded this demo of me drawing a bunny in dry brush. The bunny took about 3 hours to draw. The movie took a lot longer. I recorded it with a tripod and my iphone. The production values aren't fantastic, but it does the job!

Here's the finished bunny:

I recommend you view this in HD to get the full effect.




Friday, February 14, 2014

Getting Ready for School Visits!



Getting ready for school visits! I just made a 5 and a half minute video of (Mostly) Wordless with Ken Burns style pans and music and sound effects. Through Moby's "Gratis"free music program for amateur filmmakers, I was given permission to use his composition, "Summer," though I only ended up using a very small sample of piano notes in the beginning, since after that it got a little techno. Sound effects I got from a variety of free sound effects sites.

And here's the poster I may end up providing schools and libraries for promotion:


I'm planning to do a number of different Powerpoint programs for different age groups, though the movie is principally for Kindergarten and preschoolers. Marty Kelly (also represented by my agent Abigail Samoun at Red Fox Literary)  has given me some excellent advice on how to get my material together, at least on the business end, though I'm still working out how I'm going to manage presentations.  I also intend to do an art demo, and for older students, explain the Kickstarter process.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Dry Brush Book Has Arrived!


The Dry Brush Book has arrived! 





The color looks really good!






The black and white and sepia tones came out nicely.






All around good printing from Diggypod! All typos, design issues (better spacing and the right attributions in the index for instance), and everything else have been corrected. The only mistake is that the last page has the page number on the right side instead of the left, but you wouldn't have notice that if I didn't tell you (oops!). 


The Dry Brush Book: 125 books and No More!


76 of you ordered The Dry Brush Book. 125 will be printed and no more. Each will be signed and numbered, and I'll be left with a few to sell at shows or fairs or wherever else I might be promoting (Mostly) Wordless, and then they'll be gone. That's it! There's a good chance there will be a second printing of (Mostly) Wordless beyond the initial 1000 book boutique run, but those of you who got The Dry Brush Book will likely be the only ones on your block to have one! Yay!
Some Delays, Chinese New Year...

So Asia Pacific is Reprinting (Mostly) Wordless after the printing error, and unfortunately this overlapped with the Chinese New Year celebration (Happy New Year, China!). Which means: we're going to get the books in late March, rather than February. Which means we're going to be sending everything out in the beginning of April. Which means: instead of a little early, we're going to be a little late, so I appreciate your patience.

Because of You...

So this is kind of amazing. I put these books together on Indesign and Photoshopped some pictures of what I thought they were going to look like, and the T-shirts, and everything else. None of it existed. It was all just ideas. And you believed in me when I said that I was going to make it happen. Nearly 300 of you did. And now it's becoming a reality! All because of you!

How cool is that?

So thank you. For everything. And everyone should be getting everything they ordered in April, a little late, but still very close to when promised.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Feb 13th Figure

This one was from a 3 hour pose. I'm a little rusty--it's been a while so this one's a little stiff, but I'm getting back into the groove.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Work In Progress...

So, just sent my agent my recent dummy for The Gingerbread Man. After she's gone over it with me and we iron out all the kinks, it goes out into the world. In the meantime, I'm working on this:


I had fun with the logo, which was done by mixing up india ink with ample amounts of acrylic matte medium and dribbling out the letters, and then coloring them on photoshop. I still haven't come up with a good hand lettering solution for The Gingerbread Man, but I'm working on it.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Another Gingerbread Man Rough

Here the Fox invites the Gingerbread man into his restaurant lair...


Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Another Gingerbread Man Rough: The Driving Dog

Here's another one. I think this one turned out well compositionally.


Monday, February 03, 2014

Some Sketches...


Currently on my drawing board, character studies for my version of THe Gingerbread Man...