Daily Archives: October 11, 2011

Painting the opening spread

And here is the painting—from The Really Awful Musicians—in progress.

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The opening shot

Here’s the first spread from my upcoming book The Really Awful Musicians.  It’s about what happens to a band of musicians—who play pretty badly—as they escape from a country where the king has banned all music.

I drew the thumbnail sketch first when I was figuring out how to tell the story.  Next is a tight sketch, designed to appear on the right page only.  The second sketch occupies the entire spread (2 pages side-by-side) and is livelier than the first version.  Finally the painting—which you can see has been flopped to face the other way.

thumbnail sketch
first version of tight sketch

painting pp4/5