Monday, December 15, 2014

Dummy Book: Version 2

At this point in the book's production, I think I've nailed down the order that the poems will go in, so I've printed a new dummy copy with double-sided pages to get a better sense of the flow and size. I also have tentative mock-ups done for the front and back cover, and another round of revisions done to the text. All of this is subject to change, of course, but it's all part of the process.

There are still two long-form poems (entitled The Boy Who Looked Up and The Great Epic Journey of Professor Stitch-Wicket) which still have yet to be illustrated. As I am currently on holidays until 2015, my goal is to finish these drawings and ring in the new year by saying all the drawings are complete.

Here is a quick 6-second sneak peek, in the form of a Vine, of a few pages in the book as it currently stands. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

A Book of Secrets...

Sprinkled throughout the book are a few inside jokes and references to other past creative projects from different chapters of my life...student films, unfinished projects, things I wrote when I was kid... and also of various things that will only make sense to close friends of mine who I went to high school or college with. One of these friends e-mailed me out of the blue this week, so I sent him a sneak preview of this particular page, and thought I would post it here too.

Although they are not necessarily linked to the specific words in the poem itself, each video cover in this drawing has a story behind it. These stories will only make sense to a chosen few who were "there." For the rest of you, a magician never reveals his secrets. Unless you ask nicely.

Monday, December 1, 2014

From Pencil to Ink

As I draw pictures for the book, sometimes I take pictures of them with my iPhone so I can have a document of them as pencil sketches and in various stages of completion. Here are a few random snapshots of illustrations from over the past few months. (Click images to make 'em bigger)