‘Fallout’ by Catfish And The Bottlemen
For happiness and smiles.
‘The Mess’ by The Naked and Famous
I’m never ever going to break up with @notcat. Ever. But this is a fantastic break-up song.
(All the pages)
Last week I read an interview with new children’s book author Rob Biddulph. In speaking about his drawing process, he said:
It takes quite a bit of sketching to perfect a character, and it’s not until I can draw them in any position and from any angle that I’m ready to get them onto the computer.
That’s a really smart way of working. It would bore me to tears. I work in a really dumb way. I get one good drawing and then assume the next one will work out okay. Last week when I drew the rocket bike from the side, I had no idea how to draw it from an angle. One of my early attempts looked like this:
It was only this morning that I finally figured out how to do it. I’m pretty pleased with the result.
It’s not perfect though. In addition to the usual clean up, this page will require some extra work in Photoshop. Somehow mum ended up with one weird fat leg. I’ll make it match the other one. Also, the plane is shoved too far up into the corner. I will lower in the sky to strengthen and unify the page composition.
I hope you figure out how to do the things you want to do this week.
This week I start filling some gaps in my education. I’m doing GCSE English, Science and Maths. I’ve also taken on a little graphic design job for a client that I’ve worked with for many years. It’s going to be busy, but I will do my best to continue giving you a page every week.
All the pages.
‘West Coast’ by Lana Del Rey is my new jam.
‘Be not afraid of poetry: some are born poets, some achieve poetry and some have poetry thrust upon them.’ —Bruce Willis
Eagle-eyed readers will have noticed the the trampoline’s jelly is no longer in a tray. Thanks to some input from Caroline, my friend and one of my email subscribers from southern Arizona, I realised that showing the jelly is better than hiding it in a tray. (For readers in US America, jelly = jello
Working on my 10,000 hours with this brush pen. Only 9,974 to go.
One of the aspects of the artwork that will need the most adjustment is the lettering. Pretty much every bit of the lettering will be adjusted to make the letter, word and line spacing right. I am barely good enough to do the lettering myself, and during the planning phase, I tried a bunch of different fonts. None of them felt right. Only the hand-letting really seemed to fit. Fortunately, Photoshop allows me to turn my wonky words into lines of tidy type with reasonable speed.