illustration

I am really tired all of a sudden. I have no idea where it came from, but fatigue just ran up and smacked me.

I received my proof copy of MacDowell Sisters & AnnaBeth today and so far, the book design looks flawless. Everything is centered up on the cover. The illustration on the table of contents page came out crystal clear, nothing is cut off. Ooh la la, I think the book is ready to go! I am very happy. I might post a camera phone picture of it later this week. I’m just too frickin’ tired and lazy to do it right now.

However, I am not too lazy to post a rough sketch for another illustration. This is a fountain that is located in AnnaBeth’s back yard/garden. I’ve noticed lately that there is something vaguely Asian about my drawing style. I’m not sure when or how I made that transition.

I’m not entirely happy with the bottom part of the fountain, so I may change it significantly between rough and finished digital illustration.
I keep trying to figure out how many sketches there will be in the finished special edition.
I’m still not sure exactly.
I will probably just keep doing sketches until I run out of time or ideas, whichever comes first.
I uploaded my first free eshort on Smashwords yesterday. As of a few minutes ago, a little less than 24 hours after I first posted it, there were 62 downloads and counting! Awesome! If only selling books were that easy. It’s not, in case you were wondering, not for me anyway. : )
Need that link again? Here it is! http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/22933
Ok, I’m disgusted with talking about myself, so I’m out. I have a fountain to draw.
Tomorrow – thoughts on Kick Ass, I haz sum.
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the first free eshort

Ok, here it is. My first free short story for download. Links below.

Amy

Kevin meets a mysterious girl in the park. When she invites him to accompany him to her home, he can’t resist. He soon finds that Amy has dark secrets.

A free eshort available for download at
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/22933

and

Scribd: http://www.scribd.com/doc/36599469/Amy-Scribd-Edition

This week – thoughts on Kick Ass and another rough illustration for MacDowell Sisters & AnnaBeth, and probably some other stuff.

Also, I am still searching for blog tour hosts for the week of September 13th. I can do an interview or a guest post or whatever. Hit me up if you’re interested. I am now up to 3 confirmed stops so far! Woooo!!!

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one mo

Here is one more rough sketch for the MacDowell Sisters & AnnaBeth. I should actually be working on the digital version of this right now.

Below is the paper rough. I usually sketch out a rough on paper with my very own flesh and blood hands and then trace/finish the picture on the computer in fireworks. Yeah, fireworks. I’m semi-old school like that.

This particular specimen is from a part of the book in which AnnaBeth is moving through a parallel, spirit realm type place. In the story, the eyes on the moth wings are blinking and such. There are actually several moths and they are noshing on some greenish roses. Have I mentioned my writing is a little bit on the strange side sometimes? Well, it is, sort of down the rabbit hole on occasion.

Sorry, this sketch is harder to see than the previous one. I used a mechanical pencil, which has a light touch.

Ok, so. Please don’t forget to vote in the illustrated book edition poll on the right.
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I may or may not pop in tomorrow evening, depending on whether I have that free download short story ready to go. I’m thinking that will be Sunday with an announcement on Monday.
I’m going to go finish this weird moth now.
Happy almost Friday.
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I promised myself I wouldn’t blog today

But I am anyway.

Why? Because today is the day of the nonexistent attention span. I should be working on a very strange illustration for the special edition of MacDowell Sisters & AnnaBeth. I am here instead.

Here is a rough draft for a different illustration for the book. Obviously, I haven’t transferred it over to digital. Sorry for the crap quality. I took a picture of it with the camera instead of using the scanner. Some of the lines caught the camera flash and turned shiny. My daughter is begging me for the original so she can hang it in her room, which makes me feel supremely cool.

: )

The cat is named Dorian and the more ominous looking character on the top of the chest of drawers is Poe the crow. I named a bunch of characters in the novel after authors and characters from books because, well, I really like books. Poe is named after Mr. Edgar Allan and Dorian is named after Dorian Gray as in The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde.

Also, probably this weekend, I am posting my first free eshort on Smashwords, my website, and probably Scribd. I will announce it here when I do, so be sure to check back in on Monday for the link. bye bye now.

Clash of the Titans

I FINALLY saw Clash of the Titans last night. I can’t believe it took us so long. I really wanted to see it in the theater, but we never made it.

Let me first say that I truly love the original Clash of the Titans from year. That is a classic work of cinema that should never be tampered with. My worst fear for the new version was that it would try too hard to be like the original.

It didn’t.

In fact, there were few similarities. The primary conflict was the same – war between the gods and humans, impending doom, kracken, medusa head.

This new movie had no love connection between Perseus and the princess. Pegasus was brownish black instead of white and Perseus never had to capture it. There were also a bunch of new characters that contributed significantly to the story.

The new Clash of the Titans was better in some respects. First, the supporting character development was much, much better. In the original, the soldiers that accompanied Perseus to Medusa’s lair felt more like expendable crew members (red shirts) than actual people. They were there so the audience got to see Medusa turn people to stone. The soldiers in the new version were far more meaningful to the story. One of them even served as a sort of father figure to Perseus.

Perseus’ character had more personality too. He resented being a demigod and resisted help the gods offered.

I don’t want to compare the special effects because there really is no comparison. Old school Clash of the Titans was genius beyond genius for its time. Everything was done by hand. That should always be appreciated and maybe even revered.

However.

New Clash of the Titans was a more intense movie watching experience. Everything was bigger or shinier or whatever, you get the idea. There was much CGI fanciness.

The movie was very, very good. This one gets an A.

chanting: sequel, sequel, sequel
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some book working updates

Alright, what do we have on the agenda for this most glorious of weeks?

First up, I submitted files for the paperback copy of MacDowell Sisters & AnnaBeth last night. I hope everything looks good when I receive it. I sometimes have trouble getting things centered up on the cover art.

Next, I am going to try and set up one of those amazon associates thingies to sell books through the blog. I hear tell it might improve profit margins. We’ll see how that goes.

The biggest project for the next couple of weeks is illustration. I played with the idea of illustrating the AnnaBeth book from the beginning but decided that I didn’t want to do that. Now, I’ve changed my mind again.

I am now creating a super duper special illustrated edition of the book that will be sold through lulu only.

I wanted a hard cover copy with color illustrations, but it turns out that’s really frickin’ expensive, like probably around $40 expensive. That is entirely too much. Now I have a decision to make.

I can keep the illustrated version within a more reasonsable price range but I have to give up either the hard cover or the color illustrations. They would be black and white in the hard cover.

So guess what. We have a poll this week! Now, now, don’t be shy. You don’t have to give up any info to vote. Which idea do we love best? There is a poll thingy over there on the right. Lemme know, yo.

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The Runaways

The movie selection for this weekend was The Runaways, starring Kristen Stewart (of Twilight) as Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie. The story is about the band, the Runaways, which was Joan Jett’s first band.

I didn’t really know a lot about the Runaways as a band. I love Joan Jett, but I’m only really familiar with her Joan Jett and the Blackhearts work. In this original band, Joan was the guitarist, not the lead singer. Cherie was the lead singer. Also, Lita Ford was in the band. I had no idea.

The movie chronicles (don’t know how much of the movie is based on truth) the time period from just before the band’s inception to the end of the band, and slightly beyond. There is plenty of rock and roll and debauchery. As per the usual implosion of a rock band, drugs and egos jam up the gears.

This movie was good, but it wasn’t great. It had a solid plot, good acting. There were some funny parts and some sad parts and some parts that people might find a bit on the ookie side, seeing as Dakota Fanning was ten years old like an hour ago, it seems. The final grade on this one is going to be a B-.

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