Friday, January 12, 2007

On a walk.

This is a page where the boy is taking his sasquatch for a walk. I was hoping initially for the sasquatch to be chasing a truck full of rednecks, but there's a "reveal" at the end of the book and if any humans had already seem him, it would lessen the impact of that moment. So it's bears and wolves.

One thing, It would be nice if Stacy and Ted could get permission to post some of their really cool book work here. They have agents and publishers, which limit their freedom here on what they can post. Too bad.



  1. Yeah, you should see the stuff I can't post!! :-)

    This is awesome, Wes. I love the wolves, very expressive!

  2. Wow, this is great, Wes. I can really feel the movement in the drawing.

    What did you draw this on? Is it watercolor paper?

  3. Thanks, my esteemed collegues!

    Ted, This is blue pencil on cardstock. When I scan it in, I do it in greyscale so it picks up. I worked in Blue pencil for the last six years so I'm very used to it now. (I wouldn't have to erase when I scanned in Fibbs strips) The smeary graphite of normal pencil can frustrate me now.

    Silly, huh?

  4. Wes, I love seeing this phase of your work, and thanks for sharing what you work on and how you do it. I am curious to know your next steps from here to final art.___ I really, really love viewing the work of you 3 guys! Great stuff!

  5. Thanks, Bucky.

    This is a question I'm still resolving. I love the watercolor medium, but if I really get in and sketch hard on the paper, it'll show up on the final. (as you know) These sketches are for a book dummy, so if anyone decides to take a chance on it, I'll either have to transfer it from a light table ala John Nez or lightly draw it again with a 2h 0.5mm lead pencil so it doesn't show up dark and then draw on that.

    I've done both and I haven't developed a preference yet.

    I curse the darkness over the things I have to go through with watercolor, but then I see the results and I quickly forget the pain. It's childbirth in a sense.

    My favorite paper is 140# Imperial Strathmore hot press watercolor paper. It's smooth enough I can ink on it with a brush.

  6. Wes, I was gonna ask you about non-repro blue, as I know you have used it a lot.

    I could really use one for a big project I'm working on. I HATE erasing and it's really starting to get to me. What pencil would you recommend, that won't show up when scanning line art?

  7. Ted,

    I use "true blue" because it's easier to see but it also disappears when you adjust the scanner. Epson scan software has a "drop out blue" box that is just fantastic. Also, i keep a exacto knife nearby to whittle it sharp. For some reason the point keeps sharper longer than with an elec/manual sharpener.


  8. Blue drives me crazy because I can barely see it, or tell what the drawing's doing. I scan things anyways to see if they hold up. Don't worry, I'm not trained or anything, so not giving this out as advice. Just writing a comment, which would probably be more at home on my own blog, but I mostly just draw there.

    My pencils are often part of the drawing, when I'm not doing ink on it. Sometimes coloured pencils are cool, if you can remember to use the right colours when you're doing something tricky.