Painting the opening spread

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

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4 responses to “Painting the opening spread

  1. Very cool!

  2. Wish I was doing this instead of writing code. Good for you John! Looks like fun!

  3. This is really interesting! I’m curious, how do you transfer your tight drawing to your canvas?

  4. Thanks, everyone. Charles E.—the designers at the publishing house incorporate my sketch into a layout. They send me the layout digitally and I print it out to painting size. After stapling watercolor paper to a piece of plywood, I put Saral paper (http://www.saralpaper.com/) between the layout and the watercolor paper. I trace the image on the layout with a ballpoint pen. It’s low-tech.

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