Tuesday, October 25, 2011
As of today, in bookstores across America and probably Canada, the first picture book I've ever illustrated will be available. Elegantly penned by seasoned children's author and party cut-up Mac Barnett, Mustache! is the tale of a vain king and his greatly put-upon subjects.
My own work on Mustache! started almost three years ago, collecting reference, putting together concept art, and piecing together rough comps. I also had a few production hurdles I never experienced before. First, I had to figure out how to work at such a huge size (I was generally working at 600 dpi, with files as large as a full gig). Then I had work out how to color the spreads digitally, something I had only dabbled in here and there.
Mac was gracious enough to give me quite a lot of artistic freedom, and so I put a king's ransom of effort into designing humorous scenes to compliment his tale. But this was hardly a two-person job. Tamson Weston was our editor, Joann Hill was the art director, and Whitney Manger laid out the copy. And my agent, Steve Malk, had the brilliant idea for the cover.
If you have a child, or if you're just very immature, I highly suggest picking up Mustache!, or at least checking out some of the art over in my Work section. It must be said that even though it is a book for tots, I was mostly trying to entertain myself during production. So I can confidently say that if you're a regular visitor to this site, you might find it humorous even should you be a non-child, or very small human, or particularly smart monkey or what have you.
I thought I might also use this update as an opportunity to give a little bit of news regarding this site. After several years working in this incarnation, I've decided to change the direction of Bearskinrug. Don't worry, I'll still be delivering bland humor and juvenile insight, but my intention is to deliver it on a smaller scale, with much more frequency, in a new design. Why am I telling you this? Well... I suppose I just wanted to give a friendly warning that there's a change on the wind.
Also worth mentioning, what with the impending holidays, I've decided to slash prices on Six-Penny Anthems Volume II, taking approximately 15% off. This is a technique that saavy marketers like me call a "Sail", which in turn encourages people to buy things. So, if you have a loved one who deserves a gift, I highly suggest you get them either the paperback or the hardcover version. If you have a loved one who doesn't deserve a gift, I recommend buying the book anyway, and keeping it inside a bulletproof lucite box reinforced by exploding doberman pinchers so your loved one can realize the pure joy that their horrible behavior has cost them.