Faer Game

Our theme this week appears to be revisions. If you’ve browsed around the site a bit, you’ll be familiar with the illustration below. It’s a scene from Chapter Two of a bit of children’s/YA fiction I’m working on.  I was initially quite pleased with it, but the longer I let it sit, the more its flaws seemed to grow.  In any event, I much prefer this version, and I hope you do as well.

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A detail.


A while back I thought this was finished. Thank goodness I came to my senses, in no small part to some valuable critique over on ConceptArt.org.  I fought a lot of battles with the composition on this one.  Ultimately I ended up experimenting with panels and I ended up really really liking them – Hope you don’t think I’m nuts!

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I dig the stonework in the background, so here’s the background all by its lonesome.
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Day of Wonder

neil-twitterpicOn Saturday, Books of Wonder held a fantastic event to celebrate the release of Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess‘s collaborative effort Blueberry Girl.  I’m fortunate in that I live just six blocks south of nyc’s “oldest and largest independent children’s bookstore,” so I was able to retreat to my apartment and grab some lunch and fortification.  I finally shook Neil’s hand roughly five and a half hours after I had first arrived and received my number (#350).

It wasn’t until a day later that I learned that Neil had very nearly missed the event altogether. Neil’s father had died suddenly that morning, and certainly no one would have faulted him had he cancelled. You can read some of Neil’s thoughts here and here.

I’m truly staggered.  For eight hours, Neil greeted fans, signed several hundred books, and all the while maintained his smile and good humor.  As a person in attendance, holding a number, gleeful at a few moments of conversation with one of my idols, my sense of appreciation for what Neil did on Saturday can’t be expressed here adequately.  It means the world to me.

It’s slightly embarrassing in a way.  As a fan, you can hardly feel worth the effort.  Thank you again, Mr. Gaiman, and my sincere condolences.

Irene Gallo, art director for Tor Books, has a great blog up on the event here.

Some photos (Thanks to my wonderful and patient wife):

Death to Erasers!

I’m an artist who never gets it right the first time.  Or the second for that matter.  When I was a kid, I used to tear through my paper with my eraser.  That’s why I love Photoshop.  Mouth too big?  Nose too small?  No worries, I’ll Fix It In Post!  Death to erasers!

For instance, here’s an example of the evolution of a sketch of my beautiful wife.

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