So -- looks like it's that time of year for a giveaway.
And what's yours for the taking you might ask? The illustration above was done this past Spring for postcards and I'll be giving away a print of that. Also, I'll probably throw in a few other goodies with your package, because that's how I roll.
The rules are pretty much the same as before:
1) To enter, leave a comment letting me know your favorite book. Not just the book you kind of like, I'm talking the book that you LOVE. An "I'd take it to a desert island with me/all the pages are dog-eared/I can quote random passages from memory" sort of book.
2) I'll take entries up until 11:59 PM Monday November 1 (EST).
3) No geographic restrictions; I'll mail both stateside and abroad. If you're overseas, you are responsible for any customs fees incurred.
4) The winning entry will be chosen Tuesday November 2 at random.
5) I'll announce the winner Tuesday evening. Easy peasy, right?
This week has been all about brightly colored leaves (see below), listening to the Handsome Family (see above) and trying to brainstorm a Halloween costume (go here). My weekend? Sewing this, watching these and baking that.
I've been reading Scott McCloud's "Making Comics" lately. What I like most is that the topics he covers are really relevant to illustration in general, not just comics.
At the end of each chapter there's exercises, so I decided to try one as a warm up sketch yesterday. This particular one dealt with illustrating your favorite movie in 16 key scenes (whoops, only could fit 15 onto the page), with no use of words. It was harder than I'd anticipated, but was a really good exercise in zero-ing in on what propels a story.
She's here - "The Melancholic Mermaid" is out! My copy came in the mail this morning and I'm kind of over the moon.
The book is by the lovely Kallie George and published by the delightful folks at Simply Read Books.* "The Melancholic Mermaid" is a magical story and, as someone who grew up near the sea, was a thrill to illustrate.
*I'm a graphic designer by trade, so was utterly blown away by the phenomenal attention to detail and production standards Simply Read Books has. I have two words for you - spot varnish. Swoon.