cover art for Hell’s Dodo watercolor and ink 6″x9″
I think I may ask my husband for a set of acrylics for Christmas. I enjoyed doing this piece, but it’s very hard to get fine details with watercolor. I’m still more used to working with colored pencil; however, it does not scan very well, as evidenced by the cover for Silent Fathoms. I had to play with the brightness and contrast quite a bit to make that one not look washed out. The printed cover looks streaky, like the printer was running out of one of the colors. Since it has looked that way on every batch I’ve ordered, I have to assume it is because of the original scan.
I had to use a pencil and a baby wipe to lift some of the ink from Viktor’s hair to restore some texture to it. The ink on top of watercolor bled into itself and made it look solid black. I’m just glad that experiment/trick worked. I really didn’t want to have to repaint the entire picture. A toothpick to apply undiluted pigment saved the eyes, but I’m still not happy with them. It’s hard to get good detail at that scale without a very steady hand AND the proper instruments.
My husband asked why I didn’t just do the initial drawing and scan it into MS Paint. (I do not have Photoshop.) My reply was that I never have gotten around to installing the software for my pen mouse, nor have I had the time to study any tutorials for digital painting. One of these days, maybe.
In other news:
Since I spent most of my week off working on the painting, I have still not finished writing the first draft of The Daedalus Enigma. I’ll probably finish it early this week.
Hell’s Dodo may be seeing a later release date than expected. My editor, like myself, holds down a full time job. This has put her editing work log behind. Also, she and my publisher are facing a move soon, which will further eat into the time they can devote to the publishing company. Moving is hard work and not fun, especially when multiple pets and books are involved; it doesn’t get any easy as one gets older, either.
So, the tentative date is still around Halloween but is subject to change. As soon as I have a more concrete date, I will announce it. I also plan to contact my local Books-a-Million. (They are closer to me than Barnes and Noble.) They feature a “Local Authors” section, and I’d like to set up a book signing.
Look for more blog building here soon. I plan to add some more character profile pages and an excerpts page. On the latter, I plan to post excerpts I have shared at readings at past conventions. Waves of Darkness is only a couple or so years away from completion, and I’d really like to get more interest in the series built up.