Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Our Take on Spec Work


It seemed like an email that would brighten up my day. An editor from a children's book publishing company had seen my work on my website, had liked it, and was now asking if I would be interested in doing a picture book for them. Further correspondence established reasonable payment terms, and the manuscript that arrived next looked promising. I asked them to send me a contract to go over and the editor said, “We'll talk about a contract after we've seen the samples.” It turned out that they were soliciting several illustrators for the same project. Each was expected to present two pencil and two color samples, and they were then going to make the hiring decision. I asked what they were going to pay for the samples, and the question seemed to surprise the editor. “The samples are for assessment,” she said, “Of course, we're not going to pay anything for them.”

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Sketchbook–Singers in Bhaktapur, Nepal


It was freezing cold and they made such beautiful music. It was a privilege to listen.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

New Graphic Novel–My Ancestor Was A Vampire


Today being a very special day on the personal front, I’ve launched a new graphic novel called ‘My Ancestor Was A Vampire’ on the Maysun In C website. I'm going to try and update it on my website every Sunday.

The story is about an artist who gets a windfall - a castle filled with art treasures - from a distant, deceased relative. Unfortunately there's a catch to it - a catch that, I swear, has nothing to do with Robert Pattinson in any Twilight hour.

Sunday Trip–The Art Critique

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Illustration Friday–Book


She wrote her book in a secluded grove. If the satellite camera hadn’t captured her, you would never have known she was there writing. The reason she wanted to finish the book was to find out what happened in the end, not because she wanted to go on a book tour. She didn’t want to be famous, although, of course, she wouldn’t say no to the pots of money that came with a best-seller. That would allow her to stay on longer in her grove and start on the next one.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Illustration–The Island


This is the first sketchpen illustration of an experimental series. I’m doing these illustrations the same way I do the black and white drawings. Start with one element and then put in the others in compositional relation to the first. Plan nothing beforehand.

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