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Work in progress: YA NOVEL ILLUSTRATION

Work in progress: YA NOVEL ILLUSTRATION

Another look at an illustration for the YA novel I wrote recently. I’ve experimented a bit with coloring the line art to seperate front- and background. Really like how this one turned out, romantic and creepy at the same time. Next up, the countdown to STILETTO!!

Working methods: SHOOTING FROM THE HIP

Working methods: SHOOTING FROM THE HIP

Confession time: While I have been carpet bombing readers here with how-it-should-be-done posts on story structure, character build-up, dialogue and other essentials recently, now it’s time to fess up. I don’t take my own medicine. That is, I am with medicine like most men; I don’t take it unless I feel sick. When I’m working […]

Working Methods: THE VOMIT DRAFT

Working Methods: THE VOMIT DRAFT

Writing a first draft of anything can be an awe-inspiring, fear-inducing task. How do you get started?Depending on what kind of writer you are, this method may or may not be useful. I think there is a lot of good to be said about structure, planning, research and thoroughness. There is also the matter of […]

Working Methods: ACCOUNTING FOR DUMMIES

Working Methods: ACCOUNTING FOR DUMMIES

While maybe not the sexiest topic for an art blog, I try to share what I know and it needs to be adressed. So for everyone out there who’re thinking about starting a one-person business, here’s my approach to acounting: I try very, very hard not to think about it. As long as I know […]

Work in progress: EATING AN ELEPHANT - PART III

Work in progress: EATING AN ELEPHANT – PART III

Eating an Elephant, part III This is the last part of my elephant series. Be sure to check out part I and part II. After my art is “inked”, I go back to the computer, scanning my pages and adjusting the contrast, so the lines are clear. I then put photos in for backgrounds wherever […]

Working methods: STUDIO vs HOME OFFICE

Working methods: STUDIO vs HOME OFFICE

I have always been in favor of a studio space or office – away from home. And yet here I am, settled with my coffee at my new office set up. At home. There are a lot of reasons why I felt now was the time to try to work from home. One reason is that […]

Working Methods: FREELANCE ILLUSTRATION ADVICE #1

Working Methods: FREELANCE ILLUSTRATION ADVICE #1

I’ve often been asked what’s most important as a freelance illustrator. I always say: “Respect your deadlines”. But what about talent? Sure, that helps. But that’s like a basic thing. Like you need a bunch of shoes to open up a shoe store. When customers rate the importance of personal relation with a salesman higher than than […]

Working Methods: OPPOSING WILLS

Working Methods: OPPOSING WILLS

A wants B. B wants C. Drama ensues. This is page 1 in the book. But just because it’s bleeding obvious, doesn’t mean you can’t miss it. I almost did, in teen crime book I wrote recently. The idea had been simmering for a long time. It had taken on different forms through the years, different […]