Sunday, November 30, 2008

Book Cover Design

I am pleased to announce that the latest pages to Flagler's Few are going swimmingly. I plan to have at least the second chapter inked and third chapter in finished pencils by the end of December. As I stated previously, I'm planning on preparing the first three chapters for Editor/Publisher review.

I am also THRILLED to announce that the book cover illustration will be done by my close friend, Kate Kasenow! I have always been an admirer of her work and feel that her whimsical and fluid style of art will lend itself well to the cover design of Flagler's Few.

Kate is currently working on her own endeavors but has agreed to do me this favor. As I would do the cover design myself, I always enjoy collaborating with friends and fellow artists and I'd be under-exaggerating if I said I was only a little excited to see how Kate designs the characters and builds the illustration.

I still have a hand in the cover's creation. Using the Cintiq I quickly sketched out some rough concepts of how I want the book cover to look like. You can check them out below.

Also, be sure to check out Kate's work on her blogspot.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Below, are the first three pages of Chapter 1. These are the pages that will take the reader on a speedy historical tour of the city. Most of these illustrations are thanks to the reference photos I took on my visits.

I was very pleased with how these pages turned out.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Reference Photos

In a book like "Flagler's Few" where the setting is highly important, and acts as a character all unto itself, it is important to make sure that the backgrounds and settings are detailed and accurate, so that the reader generally feels that it is Saint Augustine, and cannot be mistaken for just a generic city.

Every visit I make to the ancient city, I collect more and more reference shots. These are just a few shots of the city.

Sometimes the reference photos require a bit of creativity, for example, in one panel I needed a shot of people's feet to show that they were walking on top of the dead. Generally, drawing feet does not require reference shots, but I wanted to make sure I could show depth in the in order to photograph people without weirding them out, I set my camera on the street and acted as if I was tying my shoe. Then as people walked by I snapped photos of them.


Friday, November 7, 2008

Paranormal Podcast Nov. 20th

On November 20th Jim Harold of Paranormal Podcast will be interviewing me in regards to "Flagler's Few" as well as discussing other things paranormal and how I came about involving them in my life.

Jim Harold's podcast is a long running, and highly respectable show that has been interviewing professionals in the field and taking both the unknown and the scientific into account. It is an extreme honor to be able to be a part of his show and I look forward to sitting down and chatting with him about my book.

So stay tuned in on November 20th!