Here it is, hot off the press (sort of) is the book I illustrated, Buster The Bully.
Book designers are wonderful. I do small jobs but I have never designed a book. The elements from four pages are combined on this cover. It seems Buster is such a hellion that he even splashed soda on his own book cover.
This story combines two very different topics: a school bully and a tornado. Buster is having a great time being a bully until he meets his nemesis: a storm. He then learns about tornadoes and realizes that he would be much happier hitting the books instead of other kids.
It’s a cute story done in rhyme. Andria Antico is the writer and asked me to illustrate the book.
It’s a rush seeing your work in hard cover and in volume. I would love to do another. I also need to get busy on my own book.
I think Andria is going to make it available on Amazon so stay tuned. The marketing is just getting started. In the meantime, drop me an email if you want a copy.
Illustration Friday’s word of the week is “shadow.”
This little fellow seems to be quite proud of himself. He should look behind him.
Well, here it is. The story I did for my comics class.
It went through a couple of covers and several titles before I settled on “THEM.”
The purpose of this illustrated story is to successfully marry words and images. Each page is supposed to be a complete paragraph. Each row is supposed to be a sentence. The page is supposed to be balanced graphically so it doesn’t look top heavy or bottom heavy.. There can be puns and subliminal messages so that the more you look at the story the more you see. It is supposed to make you want to read through it at least twice.
Here is the story. Click on each page for a larger view.
Next time I might rethink the hand lettering. I usually hate hand lettering, but in this case I think It’s just quirky enough to work.
Let’s not forget the back cover. Remember X-Ray Specs and sea monkeys? This was a fun project.
Here are some of the comments I got from class.
“…Thanks for sharing. That was fun to read! “
“…you did a good job of telling the story that you wanted to tell…”
“…Oh my god, this is so coool! You are so talented! The story is great, and I totally relate to it, since I am like this Good Samaritan who wonders when I got sucked into the ‘game’ lol…”
“ha ha and cute. made me smile. you start out slow and gain speed and it keeps rolling AND THEN — it starts over with Martha. really cute tale…”
“…Loved it! I’d totally read 500 pages of mob slurping…” (This one made me laugh)
“…It reminds me of The Twilight Zone, Tales from the Crypt, Tales of the Unexpected because it’s wonderfully bizarre…”
Of course I got good criticism and suggestions too. I took it all into consideration. Thanks, classmates.
I really enjoyed doing it.
I am taking an online class at C U Boulder called Comics and Graphic Novels. For me it’s a refresher course of sorts. .As some of you may know, I was taught to create comics by Will Eisner and Art Spiegelman some 30 years ago at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.
So it’s not a how to class for me as much as it is a history class.
Here is a draft of the comic assignment.
It as yet has no title. I had a few but I thought they gave the story away: something we were told never to do.
Click on the pages and enlarge to read them.
For those in the class, please leave your comments in the class discussion forum.
I already see mistakes in continuity. The character has long sleeves in the first page and short sleeves in the second page. Oops. I will fix that.