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Journeys with Birds – playing with colour



The mad colour theme continues this evening. It’s the last day of the school and Easter holidays proper. (Although the school has a curriculum day tomorrow so the boys will be home for one more day.)

This is another bit of playing around for the 52 Week illustration Challenge. It’s not a very serious endeavour and I didn’t try to make anything perfect. I think it’s great to have the chance to do this every now and then, because the pressure is definitely on to get the paid work perfect. (By this I mean that I pressure myself, not that author, editor or anyone else pressures me.) So this kind of play is quite enriching and definitely relaxing. Although the red version was the one I posted, I think it’s the one I like least now.

This is probably more interesting if you see the original daggy drawing (below) that I manipulated into the book covers, with an hour of twiddling in PhotoShop and then Illustrator. Although I drew this unremarkable little bird doodle, even I have trouble seeing the resemblance between the original and the resulting bird. It’s like that shameless re-making that advertisers do with fashion models.

But I do appreciate the flexibility of the software tools I have to hand, especially now that I have plenty of good paint-and-mess time at the drawing board as well. I miss it badly if I’m not getting messy in the paint.




The Prettiest Publications of the Past on AbeBooks

The Prettiest Publications of the Past on AbeBooks.

In case you want something to drool over while you are drinking your morning cup of tea, check out the AbeBooks e-newsletter for this week at the link above.

By the way, a couple of weeks ago I wouldn’t have known what this book was. Now, I know a little about Charles Lamb whose life was an interesting one, because I have read Anne Fadiman’s book ‘At Large And At Small: Confessions of a Literary Hedonist’. I’m so glad I did! It is a really wonderful read.

If you crave more delicious book covers after you’ve drooled over that lot, make another cup of tea and go over here.

And if you’re still thirsty, here is something more contemporary and bright. You should be properly awake after that:-)

Have a great day!