I’ve found it… my Wacom pen is back. To prove it I have used it to draw this:
Actually I drew that with a mouse too.
I can’t find it anywhere… since moving into our flat, for reasons I won’t
disgust bore you with, my girlfriend and I have had to completely pack and unpack three times. I’m just realising stuff that’s been lost in the upheaval…
Guess I’ll have to draw with a mouse from now on.
Willard Price’s ADVENTURE series involves the daring escapades and exotic locations visited by brothers Hal and Roger Hunt in their quest to find animals and bring them back alive to sell to zoos. There’s a wonderfully effusive and affectionate writeup on them here at the blog of a Mr A. P. Salmond. TIGER ADVENTURE was the first non-picture book I ever read, in Balham library at about the age of 3. And when the teachers at my primary school agreed to release me from the stultifying bonds of the Green Reader series and go read any book I wanted from the school library I felt overwhelmed by choice and reached for an old friend, CANNIBAL ADVENTURE. There were just over a dozen books in the series, and over the years I read them all, and re-read them, and re-read them. I also remember the language making its way into my own stories… great manly expressions like “he blacked out” or “The men pulled lustily but they could not budge the snake”.
When I was around 13, I realised that I’d read WHALE ADVENTURE so many times that I could quote whole passages and visualise them on the page. And I realised something about my brain – I remember things visually. I remember text by its layout, by the shapes of the paragraphs, the islands of text in the page-coloured sea, even the little rivers of white running down past the words.
The first image (above) is of the cover of TIGER ADVENTURE as I first saw it in 1977 at Balham Library, and below left is the cover of the one I found today in Oxfam in Horsham and bought for 99p!
While sorting through the accumulated papers of (half) a lifetime I’ve found my first ever paid commission! It was a logo for the egg-boxes that were delivered to the surrounding area from the egg-farm I worked on, incorporating a caricature of the farmer Ralph. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out, considering this was 1997 and I had no access to computer or Photoshop and had to work in pen-and-ink. I’m pretty sure there was also a counterpart design (involving chickens and a coop silhouetted by the sun) for a decal on the side of Ralph’s van, but I can’t find it anywhere.
If you’re looking for a fun, gripping, and slightly spooky book for an 8-12 year-old, look no further than The Mummy Of Mulberry Avenue – this is a picture of my copy – I’m very pleased with the way the cover design turned out! Click on the picture to enlarge, or click here to see the original artwork.
Order it from the link above, or click here to download Chapter One for free!
I did this book cover for The Mummy Of Mulberry Avenue by Susan Kassabian, using Flash, Photoshop (mainly), and an Open-source 3D program called Blender for the amulet in the middle. Overall, I’m very pleased with how it turned out! Click the pic for the full-sized cover.