The weather forecast here for Halloween… rain and possible snow… which means no trick-or-treaters at my house… which also means I get to eat the Halloween candy all by myself… scoreboard!
Jack-O-Lanterns have been around for centuries and probably originated from on old Irish Folktale about Jack who was pretty much a jerk when he was alive so when he died he was condemned to walk the earth with a lantern and that creeped the townsfolk out so they carved scary faces into turnips, potatoes and pumpkins, lit them up with candles, put them outside their houses and tried to scare old wandering Jack away with them.
I usually go to the store this time of year and stock up on candy for the Trick-Or-Treaters, then turn off all the lights at my house on Halloween night, pretend I’m not home and then eat the leftover Halloween candy on Sunday afternoon while watching a football game. Just creepin’ it real.
Here’s another small glimpse of the book that I am currently illustrating. I tried something new on this one. On previous books I’ve always figured everything out on paper first. On this one, I did all the “figuring out” on the computer. I first created the book spreads in Photoshop, added text to the pages and then roughed out picture ideas with a blue digital brush. This approach really worked well for me as it kept my roughs fast and loose and made it extremely easy to try different layouts as I searched for the right picture.
I belong to one of those internet drawing clubs… you know… the kind where a drawing challenge is assigned every couple of weeks and you try to do something really clever with it. A few challenges back we were assigned “pumpkins” and while the deadline for pumpkin pictures was about a month ago, I am just now getting mine done. A day late and a dollar short… but just in time for Halloween!