Blurb book arrived!

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After Inktober, I wanted to gather all of the Verntrupple drawings into a collection. I looked into Blurb.com, downloaded their InDesign plug-in, and got started.

The InDesign plug-in is amazing. You choose the type of book you want to design, the paper, the number of pages to start with and then go to town. There are guides and bleed marks. All of the production questions are answered via just using the template.

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After I got everything laid out how I wanted, I worked on the cover. Then when both files were finished, I uploaded them to blurb through InDesign. So crazy simple! I confirmed paper, the sizes, etc. Preflight was done and no errors were found. I was redirected to blurb.com and chose my quantity, shipping, and paid for the books. I ordered 10 to get a little discount, figuring it would be nice to have a few to play with / give away, etc.

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I’m very impressed with the quality of the printing. I chose a 6″ x 9″ trade book, keeping it cheaper this way. I chose the standard color printing, not the economy printing. The pages have visual bleed-through, but it isn’t bad and I expected this. The colors are vivid and crisp. I would give more inside margin room in the future, and I would also make the book more pages. Right now, it’s so thin…it just kind of feels flimsy, or like it should be a hard cover but isn’t.

I listed it on Etsy. Who knows – maybe someone would want to buy a cute little art book. I am giving a few away to family and friends. Oh, and yeah…trying to get that Etsy shop populated!

More Sketching

I am enjoying what I’m learning from my 30 minute sketches, filling the page with one idea to draw. I’ve done mimes, monsters, robots, and now people in glasses. Here are some things I’ve learned:

  1. A 30 minute sketch allows me to have a finished product, even if it’s just a sketch-level product; it feels good to accomplish something
  2. It seems to be just enough time to slightly push ideas…while not pushing them far enough. That’s good and bad. But I’ve come away from these thinking “yeah…I could definitely explore this a lot more,” i.e. push characters expressions or exaggerate features. Maybe one day I will be able to push things farther in that time period.
  3. Limiting my color palette is impactful to the overall page of images. I’m enjoying that, but also find it to be difficult.
  4. 30 minutes is incredibly easy to fit into my day.

Here is my page of people in glasses. And I’ve also included a sketchbook page of character practice I did last year. I would love to be able to come up with a character(s) I like and draw all of their emotions/expressions.

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In print research news, I think I now have all of the samples and/or paper swatch samples I’ve sent out for from online places. There is one place in town I need to email, and then I am going to make a chart based on sizes I think I’d like to sell and see what costs are. I seriously don’t know how people are selling things as cheap as they are, given what I think I’ve seen so far. Plus shipping and shipping costs? We shall see… That’s on this weekend’s list.

30 Minute Sketches

I read an article someone posted (I can’t remember where anymore) about an artist talking about taking 30 minutes and drawing for himself before he’d start anything else for the day. I can understand the benefits, though I think my take on it may be different from the original writer’s point. So I decided to start filling the pages of a new mixed media sketchbook I had bought. The first one was the mimes that I wanted to draw after one of my Inktober drawings in which I drew a mime. After filling the page with pencil sketches, then inking them with a Tombow wtaer-based pen and sharpie, I was finished in about 30 minutes. Perfect!

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After mimes came some monsters…and a pretty disappointing use of the pens. I just wasn’t happy with the colors. I do like some of the monsters’ gestures though.

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And today’s 30 minute sketch was robots. Again, I didn’t even really try to make these last 30 minutes…it just happens to be the right amount of time for some quick sketches and inking. I went back to black ink for the robots, with a green/gray waterpen and green and orange sharpies. I think the minimal color pop is fun.

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I’m going to keep doing these pages. This certainly helps keep some drawing flow going and have something to post on Instagram. I can definitely carve out 30 minutes when I want to. Plus who knows what kind of new character ideas may come from some of these.