Sunday, March 24, 2013

Behind the scenes of "Basel Bear's Big Birthday Bash"

I thought it might be interesting to show a little about the process behind my ebook "Basel Bear's Big Birthday Bash", and explain why some of the illustrations cannot be sold as they appear in the book.

The most important thing to understand about the book, is that from the very beginning, I was planning to turn it into an app. That meant I couldn't do everything in a single illustration. Most of the illustrations are done in pieces. Here's what I mean.

In step one, you can see the background, which is one illustration on a single piece of paper.

Next, through the magic of Photoshop, I "cut" all of the animals out of their respective images, and added them to the background.

In step 3,  I added various bits and pieces of the background image to fill in any holes that needed covering.

The final step (which is the finished page) was adding highlights and shadows as needed, adding the text and making sure the page worked as a whole.

As you can see, the only way to sell this piece would be as a print. Almost every page in the book follows this same process. Only 5 of the pages are stand alone illustrations. Though there are only 14 pages to the book, in actuality, I did 55 separate illustrations. Hopefully, this will give you more insight into some of the reasons for the publishing delay.

In the past year or so, many people have asked if my original work is for sale. I'm happy to say I have recently opened a shop on Etsy, where you can purchase both original art as well as prints. The direct link is: Paypal and all major credit cards are accepted.

For now, I will be working on a few personal pieces, but I do have a project waiting in the wings. Stay tuned! 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Basel extras

I just realized that the "look inside the book" feature on Amazon doesn't show any of the interior illustrations, so I am posting a few images here. Enjoy!

Officially published!

At long last, I am officially a published author/illustrator. My children's book "Basel Bear's Big Birthday Bash"( been published to Amazon and is available for the Kindle Fire for the low, low price of $2.99!

Originally, I had planned to have Basel ready for sale in December of last year, but various obstacles delayed the final publication. Some of those obstacles were my fault (movies that needed watching, books needing to be read), but there was at least one month when I was unable to work due to  inclement weather (I work by natural light, and it was overcast/raining at least 4 straight weekends).

Never-the-less, the book is finally finished. Publishing it was a giant leap for me. Just a little more than a year ago, I was ready to throw in the towel and give up trying to be a professional artist. Now, I have so many ideas and projects I want to work on that I hardly know where to start. There will certainly be more books in my future, possibly even an app. I am also setting up an Etsy shop to sell both prints and original artwork, as well as providing a place to purchase a printed version of the book.

For now, trot yourself on over to Amazon, and take a look. Feel free to leave a review. Thanks in advance for the support.