And Now For Something Completely Different

This may LOOK like something completely different, but its actually just an exercise in pen and ink techniques. I’m considering going “old school” as part of my process for creating “Hecock.” Up till now I’ve done everything digital, with Photoshop and Corel Painter 11. But many of my Comic Colleagues are doing beautiful pen work that I feel may be lacking on my all-digital pages.

Thistle page 1

So… about 6 weeks ago, this adorable baby bunny moves into my fairy garden. He’s so young, he doesn’t know he’s supposed to be afraid of me, and he allows me to feed him carrots and apples. He sometimes lives under an old sand box we piled on top of the stump of a walnut tree we cut down this year, and the rest of the time he’s in the burrow he dug behind the rock wall adjacent to the fairy garden. His family is no where to be found. Now, isn’t this just the perfect subject for a children’s book?And it’s happening right in my little garden! I’m using this opportunity to hone my pen and ink, to decide for certain if I want to proceed with the process for  “Hecock.” So far, I’m thoroughly enjoying it. Real pens, real paper –  I’ve missed you.

Thistle visits the fairy's home.

Thistle visits the fairy’s home.


As for Book 2, it’s coming along nicely. Two additional pages were needed to accommodate the new character, Mr. Whittlesey, the singing delivery man. I mistakenly introduced him as Matthew Turman in an earlier post. (That’s not his last name! Silly me.) His mother and I then decided to use his ancestral name of Whittlesey for the book. It’s these kinds of things that make me realize being my own author/ illustrator/editor/ publisher is the only way to go!