Well, it’s been quite a while since my last post, so much for the tablet making things easier! Actually, I’ve just been opting to draw in the evenings (on the tablet) rather than make updates. I should probably just set aside one particular evening or something and be consistent with it. I was actually in the middle of a post last night, but the tablet dipped below 60% battery life, which is when it flakes out and reboots itself. I was hopeful that a draft had been autosaved before that happened, but apparently not. Grumble grumble.
Anywhat, while I haven’t been particularly reliable with my posting frequency, I have been somewhat productive. Aside from the sketches and digital paintings I’ve been working on at night (which will show up in a post at some point), I’ve been revisiting the covers I did for L.S. Gagnon’s The Witch Series. With the launch of her new publishing venture, Autumn Day Publishing, Lisi wanted to revamp the first four covers I worked on. Specifically, she wanted to have full wrap around covers. It proved to be a fun and interesting challenge, allowing me to go back and correct some of the things that I wasn’t happy with (but didn’t possess the digital skills to improve at the time). It was also quite the eye-opener as far as how much my efficiency, work flow, and overall skills have improved in the few years since I originally created the covers. Each of the original covers took me between 80-100 hours each. The expanded cover (basically a slightly more complicated back cover, since the front cover was already done) with improvements only took 6-12 hours each. That’s a significant improvement. So, where else would I start but book 1…
After completing the wrap around covers, Lisi set me on a new task: illustrating the covers for her children’s book series. There are currently two books, both with photo based covers (one is a straight photo, the other is a photo composite), but she wanted me to take a crack at them.
There you have it, that’s what’s been keeping me busy for a few months. Next up is a cover for the newest, not-yet-released Little Witch book, as well as a cover for a new series by my patron saint of the (my) arts. Amidst all that, I hope to squeeze in some more It’s Plunger Monkey Dynamo Time! work as well as some doodles I have going on my tablet. I’ve been asked to contribute some promotional type art for the wonderful jiu jitsu group I’ve started training with, which should be fun. I also might be designing some new class B shirts for our Boy Scout troop. And there’s always 10 Things to finish up (I actually had someone contact me through the TOBYSBRAIN FaceBook page to inquire about it’s availability. I was almost embarrased to admit it wasn’t finished, but it’s good to know there might be an audience for it out there somewhere.).
Enough typing, time for drawing.