Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Please Put Your Scarves On.

I've had an idea for a while now to start work on a couple of books. One is the Mr.Eraser comic mentioned in previous entries (which I have actually started, it's just top secret is all) and the other a zine - just a collection of works that I've been doing over the Post-University time. Today I finally managed to get a few finished pages together along with a cover for the zine which will be titled 'Please Put Your Scarf On' named so after a quote taken from a J.D. Salinger Book I read earlier this year. Hopefully I will do something productive with both of the books such as sell them or mail them to people who may be interested. We'll see - I've got plenty of time to think about it while I'm putting them together. Here's the front cover - 

'Please Put Your Scarf On' - the book will be printed solely in
 black and white, and the front cover on blue paper - 
this is merely a mock up of what it may look like.

One image that I've done is a picture of Ted Danson - an idea that I'd thought of a while ago but hadn't been able to come up with something I really liked. I feel that I had a good concentrated period of drawing/painting time today that I really got a lot done over a short time. I think I just need to maybe be more meticulous and specific when dividing up my time and making my plans.

Indeed it is true.

The next image is where the name of the book comes from, speaks for itself I suppose.
'Stop being an awkard bugger now John.'

The final image I produced today was a new version of the Transcona picture I did which is posted over at Sea Legs. I really enjoyed doing this, I simply decided to do it bigger than the original in order to get in some more detailed pattern. I liked the colours I used, although I couldn't decide whether it actually needed the ink wash in the background - this may take over the picture a little too much when it's converted to grayscale.

Thank you Transcona for bringing me home.

It's nice to be feeling productive and to be coming up with ideas, just hope that this state of mind sticks around for a while. Oh yeah, I was totally going to have a crack at that drawing yourself as a teenager and drawing yourself now thing that Jen had mentioned to me but I got carried away with the above - I'll probably have a go soon. That is all. 



hellojenuine said...

awesome possum. definitely think transcona would be better without the red back though, i think being a bit simple suits it.

John Alan Birch said...

cool cool! i was going to post both versions - i.e. with and without the background - couldn't make my mind up though! thanks for some advices though :)


Jules... said...

It's so nice to hear how happily productive people are. I'm so glad. I really like the Transconsa one with the colour added, though I did like the original anyway.

I also like your fascination with Ted Danson.

John Alan Birch said...

yeah i like the added colour too - just not sure whether it needs the wash of ink in the background - think I've decided against it now. All silly though really as when i finally put it together it will be in black and white...

nice to feel creative and productive and I have utmost respect for the Danson...

Anonymous said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.