The Process Projects

I am very excited to announce that Carlos R Gomez (of Robots-n-Aliens) and I have teamed up to create The Process Projects, a web series that documents the creative process.  Each season we will chose one project (a book, a game, board game, animates short, etc) and record the entire process, beginning to end so everyone can follow along, learn, engage, and watch it evolve from initial concept to product in hand.

If you have ever had an interest in creating an illustrated children’s book, illustration in general, writing a story or just learning what the creative process looks like, join us at www.theprocessprojects.net and follow along.

 

Git Yer Copy Mateys

ARR! After many battles, a bad case of scurvy, and a long awaited journey over ragin’ seas, the many boxes of treasure doth arrived at me doorstoop. “Captain and Crow’s ABCs” be available for purchase, mateys! Git Learned!

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It was a long a trying ride but I had a lot of fun doing it.  I’ve learned a lot from the process of making this book, so I can move on to the next project with more insight.  I hope it can bring a couple of smiles to faces.
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SketchbookJack Books Kickstarter

For those who have been following me for a while you have seen post after post of this book, that book, this app, and that sample page. But now, they have all come together in one single chance to make it all

Two books, “The Island and the Plough” and “Captain and Crow’s ABCs” (plus “The Island and the Plough” interactive iPad ebook app) are becoming real with the help of a Kickstarter campaign. Think of this a pre-order, not as a risk to invest in a project. The work is already done, we just need to get them printed!
Please, check it out and share with your friends. If you can’t fund, remember that just sharing the link and getting the word out means more than you might think.
http://kck.st/1kDaMZ6
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The Island and the Plough : Contact Sheets

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I am quite excited to say that I am nearing the very last stage of “The Island and the Plough.”  Editing and formatting proves to be quite an arduous process.  I had a first round of contact sheets proof-printed and had a few people review them.  One person in particular who is a writer/director (on the film side of things) had some really great final editorial remarks.  I decided to take a few into account and rework some small things here and there, adding one extra idea right at the climax of the story which I think will really accentuate the central tone and punctuate the climax better than what I had.

Here is my nearly completed, revised set of contact sheets.  I apologize for making them so small, but being so near completion of this project, I still don’t want to give away the story.  But there is something very interesting about viewing the pages at this size.  It gives a very clear sense of the progression of tone, contrast and balance, not to mention a great macro view of each page’s composition.  It brings the process to a full circle back to a “storyboard” format to really review it once again.

I am still in the throes of deciding how exactly to distribute this project as contacting/meeting with agents and publishers is a very slow process.  Many of the people I have talked with, even in the publishing industry, still suggest self publishing.  At some point I will be doing a small run of prints for proofing purposes as well as for family and friends, which I will make available to sale.

The Island and the Plough : Final Drawings

I have almost reached the end of the tunnel; who knew I could actually complete a project.  I am in the middle of the second to last illustration and only have a handful of pages to do typography.  The illustrations have certainly been the most time consuming part of this process, but they were also the most fun.  I will still have to give some extra attention to the typography as I want a very graphic style to match the look of the illustrations.

Here is a single page preview of “The Island and the Plough.”  I don’t want to post too many internal illustrations as to ruin the surprise of the hero’s journey which is also why I have chosen an image from early on in the story.  I will post a more detailed synopsis when I begin to actually market and sell the book but for now this is just a tease:

Sketchbookjack The Island and the Plough page preview

In "The Island and the Plough," Papa warns the children to stay away from the fence and the edge of the island for fear of being swept into the great white sea.

The Island and the Plough : Cover Art

Things are moving really fast for this project; I love it.  Here is the cover for “The Island and the Plough.”  In keeping with the entire style, the cover is, of course, black and white.  The format is going to be square, likely 8″x8″ but it will mostly depend on the publisher/printer specs.  I have seen other square sizes in either 7″x7″ or 10″x10″.  I’d love some feedback, so by all means post any critiques or comments.  Cheers, Jack.

The Cover Art for "The Island and the Plough"

The Island and the Plough : Hard at Work

My inkings in progress.  I have a fire under me this weekend for some reason; I hope to accomplish a large majority of the illustrations for “The Island and the Plough” (or “The Island and the Plow”) so I can get into the computer at do the typography.  I specifically designed this project to have a lot of negative space, which plays into the story, to keep the project manageable since so many of my past projects quickly become overwhelming.

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"The Island and the Plough" inkings in progress

Character design

Here is the more or less final character design for the protagonist in “The Island and the Plough.”  He is a father, but I want him to have a weathered and wise look, so the thick beard adds that I think; however, it is integral to the story that he learns and is not too wise, so I still want to maintain an innocence which I think can been achieved through the large simple eyes.

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Character design for Fiep from “The Island and the Plough”

The Island and the Plough

Here is the very first image of my current project, “The Island and the Plough” or “The Island and the Plow” (I’ll have to decide on the spelling shortly.) done on a notepad as an expressive gesture drawing but turned out to say more than I thought it would.  The story revolves around this farm house built on an island where a small family lives.  I have begun writing the story; it will be told in a children’s fable style.

Fiep, a farmer and father lives, basically stranded, on an island where they have a large apple tree, their house, and a small farm.  The family lives quite happily there until the winter comes along and they realize this year’s harvest did not yield enough to get them through the winter.    I won’t reveal the rest of the story, but it involves Fiep getting off the island but in a very unusual and unexpected way.

I hope you will follow along as “The Island and the Plough” unfolds.  Cheers, Jack.

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The very first gestural concept for "The Island and the Plough"