I’m working on a little book written by my chum Gordon Thorburn, ( Men and Sheds ) who apart from writing about sheds and bomber pilots from the Second World War ( Books about all sorts ), has written a little tome about…well, I’ll leave exactly what it’s about until I have it all ready.
I’m doing the drawings for it and hope to publish it on-line in the New Year, or perhaps will be able to make a start before Christmas, as you’ll have plenty of time to read, learn, and digest. We’ll see.
It will be on this site every week, on the same day, until it’s demise. I found it entertaining and witty. I suppose it is aimed at children so it did suit me very well.
Here’s a rough of one of the drawings for it, followed by the next version, some of you illustrator people out there might be interested in the technicalities: there are none. It’s drawn straight onto layout paper with a Pentel sign pen, then drawn again, then drawn again for the final, then mounted onto board with Studio Gum ( today’s equivalent of Cow Gum ) and some pastel half tone and shadow might be added and perhaps a bit of whiting out of some areas with Dr PH. Martin’s Bleed Proof White ( I kid you not! ). If it needs any more surgery after that then I use a scalpel to cut out or amend, cutting through the top layer of layout paper. Then the final is scanned and if necessary some final tweaks are made, digitally.
This is drawing one, followed by drawing two, final will follow when the book is published here.
5 thoughts on “Coming up next year…”
A tear in my eye for lost compatriots, the sign pen, cow gum and Doc Martins. Look forward the rest.
How kind of you to comment. Lost compatriots are alive and well, apart from cow gum, Mr Cow must have retired, unlike cartoonists who never retire and just can’t help drawing. All the best to you!
Best of luck with it Paul
It’s almost a vanity project really, keeps me off the streets! Gordon is a pro writer, and anyone who writes a successful book on sheds deserves attention.Thanks for your good wishes.
Vanity? Where would we be without it — insanity, methinks! The trick is to recognise we are vain, and just carry on doing what we want, once the horses aren’t too frightened by our efforts. Happy Christmas Paul, and keep drawing!!