16 January 2006

What I have and haven't been doing and what I will be doing while others are (were?) doing this...

fptestgiantI had hoped to have another daily doodle to post today but I'm afraid I've just been too busy/ill/hung over to get one done. Apart from teaching football songs to a mob of visiting Finns ("He's big, he's red, his feet stick out the bed/Peter Crouch/Peter Crouch"), learning lines and drinking real ale by the pint, I've finally got round to making a start on my daughter's birthday book for this year.

I've had the basic ideas and storyboard knocking around for a few months. And during those few months I've been doing loads of development sketches to get work out the look of the various character. At the weekend I did a load of test images with gouache and pencil to try and work out what media it will work best with. I hoped it would look best done with pencil because that's less time consuming and it's a huge (and probably impossible) ask to get it done in time her birthday at the end of February.

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fptestflowerUnfortunately for my busy schedule and sense of myself as a person who gets things done on time (hahaha), gouache was a clear winner and gouache it will be. When it's finished I'll do a series of illustrated posts about the whole process and publish it using lulu. Until then, I hope these samples from the various test drawings and paintings are tantalising and intriguing to my regulars without giving too much away...

6 comments:

Dick said...

Very tantalising, Dem. They look fascinating. Don't be so fucking coy - I demand an explanation forthwith!

Dick said...

The word verification alignment I just had to fill in for the above comment was 'oiderpaz'. Now, there's a word just gagging for a meaning to be attached...

catnapping said...

I like this. yep.

Dem said...

Hey Dick - sorry to be coy but I can't reveal too much as my daughter sometimes reads this blog and I want to keep the story a surprise. I was thinking of sending you a copy for Ruben's test reading approval when it's finished.

Oiderpaz - I'll give it some thought...

Thanks catnapping, and welcome!

qB said...

Giant sunflower frees the pylon people? With extra BEES? Excellent.

Dem said...

Blimey - are you psychic, qB? Keep coming back and find out!