Here’s something I worked on last summer that was a lot of fun. It’s the first in a series of old west stories, THE HANGING JUDGE. When we were initially talking about the project, I suggested that the books should look like worn out old paperbacks that a cowboy might have pulled out of his saddlebag and that the interior pages should be similarly antique looking. The editors thought that was a pretty good idea and we were off and running. What a great bunch of people to work for!
I was a big fan of the old comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. I really liked the way Calvin’s world revolved around his imaginary tiger friend Hobbes.
I decided it was time for me to make my own imaginary tiger friend, so I went to the fabric store, grabbed black, orange and white fleece, and asked for a half yard of each. The girl looked at my selection of materials and said, “making something for halloween?” and I said “uhm… maybe.” Then I took my cut fabric to the register to pay for it and the lady there said, “making something for halloween?”
…so Hobbes and I are planning to go trick or treating together next halloween!!
One of the very first storybook jobs I ever got was a two book series about a little boy called Theodore Bump. Several decades later the author contacted me and asked if I would be interested in doing a third Theodore Bump book… absolutely! I just got an advance copy of the finished book.
I’ve been known to play a game or two on my phone when no one is looking. I’ve also been known to draw the characters in the games that I am playing on my phone when no one is looking. This is Gillie The Cook, a former pirate who is currently the leader of the Dewport Guard.
I did this on an iPad Pro using an Apple Pencil and Procreate.
I’ve been drawing on my iPad as a hobby for several years now and always kinda liked it… kinda… but I never really loved drawing on my iPad until now.
I heard a guy on YouTube say, “you HAVE TO HAVE some sort of paper textured screen protector on your iPad if you want to get the most out of your drawing experience,” and I thought, why not give that a try? After an all encompassing, comprehensive three minute research of the topic, I decided a $40.00 product called PAPERLIKE was probably the best thing on the market, but since when have I EVER had the best of ANYTHING, so I ordered a Japanese product from ELECOM called… well… who knows WHAT it’s called but it was only $20.00.
There were four surfaces available, I got the roughest one, attached it to my iPad, drew on it for about 60 seconds and I will NEVER go back to drawing on slick iPad glass again. It is absolutely a game changer!