I realized I'm averaging 5 pages of drawings a month for my new book. And @ 6 drawings a page, that makes 30 drawings in 30 days... Should have been a mathematician.
Went to visit the Chadds Ford Museum and wound up on the very first tour of Andrew Wyeth's studio. Also visited the NC Wyeth home and studio. It was an inspiring day.
When I got home later, I had 2 emails waiting for me. One from my agent– that my graphic memoir, Mendel's Daughter was being picked up by a Polish publisher (pub date early next year) and another about having some textbook illustrations I completed years ago being reprinted. (More money, yay.)
Here are the French and Spanish covers. I wonder what the Polish one will look like.
Here are 2 random pages from the book I'm working on. Text is done. Dialog done. Want to get a few more pages in before I start the coloring.
Here's a sample of how I construct a panel for a comic. I don't recommend it– but it works for me. The art begins life in pencil and watercolor. Then I scan the pieces into Photoshop. (The layer mask option is very helpful.) I use Illustrator for word balloons, technical stuff and, in this case, the cancellation on the stamp.
Here's a painting and detail from a time when I was still breathing turpentine and linseed oil. I could paint folds forever.
Here is the penciled preface page to my new book– color to come. I was ready to go into full production when I decided to rewrite the first 5 pages. 48 pencils done and waiting to lay them out and continue...
What a wonderful journey– visiting with Sam, eating 15 shekel schwarma, living in a small apartment, taking buses, shopping at Machaneh Yehudah (pics below), meeting wonderful people, feeling icy hail on my face at the Western Wall, praying in the beautiful Italian Synagogue on Shabbat, listening to Brother Olivier sing in the Monastery in Abu Gosh, sifting through ancient debris from the Temple Mount (Monica found a 2000 year old coin– no, she did not keep it.) It was a trip of a lifetime.
Below is another sled in the series. Hope you like it.
To listen to an interview about Two Cents Plain– The Faith Middleton Show