This little drawing is for the latest Holiday Story my family is putting out. We do this each year and are thinking, at some point, of doing an anthology. The stove is called a Trash Burner, and is a small wood stove that people use to heat small spaces or burn things they don’t want. I had that as my sole source of heat for about four years.
(Author’s note: Since the site redesign, we have indeed completed the anthology. It’s available on Amazon under the title “Yultide Lights: Holes in the Christmas Stocking.”)
I really enjoy it when a publishing house offers me a free sample to try their product. I use it as a chance to practice my graphic design skills, improve them, and usually outwit their silly interface. This time I was offered a 20 page photo book, hardcover, for only the price of shipping. These things are great and they make awesome mini portfolios. By the way, if you want one, contact me, usually I can find a free affiliate offer for new customers. Those are great too!
This time I put black and white pieces in alongside color pieces. They were a mix of acrylic, watercolor, chalk, and pen and ink. I tried to have one black and white and one color image on each two page spread, so things looked balanced. I also delighted in deleting all their gimmicky bits and bobs and photo embellishments.
When designing, keep it simple! The world will thank you. Doubt me? Think of Geocities and Angelfire sites from the 90s. Oh, the flickering animated GIFs… the mixed, multicolored, mismatched fonts… make it stop…
Click on the painting for a bigger version if you like. This book is a novel written by my father, and I completed it in acrylics with a bit of detail added in Conte and chalk. I was trying to show the different aspects of the book – the Braille books, the Braille Writer, the circular slide rule, the wine bottle, the carnation, the rocket, and the red panties all have parts to play in the story. I was going for a cover that was mysterious and intriguing, yet pleasing.
If you want to check out the book, click on the upper cover!