Wednesday, March 19, 2008

March 19, 2008 Bonus Blog Post
Went home for lunch to finish another cover rough for my new friends in Illinois. Also laid in another couple characters in the campfire sequence. Before I show it to you, here's an opinion on the earlier version I posted here:

Campfire Critique
"The figures are nicely spaced in the scene but the fire is far too big and too bright. No cowboy in his right mind would build a fire that large, takes too much fuel to keep it going and you can't sit near it. As for bright, it's more like a railroad track fuse burning in the ties, to warn oncoming freights to slow down. I love your females, when you do them so well why bother with males?"
—Bill Dunn

Okay, good points, but they are soldiers, not cowboys. Ha. Well, at lunch today I tried to tone down both the fire and diminish the railroad track fuse effect (funny description and somewhat accurate to boot). Still not enough Apaches around the campfire, but I really like the guy, to the left, cleaning his rifle:

Meanwhile, here's a sneak peek at the ad that will run in the May issue, teasing the Mickey Free Top Secret Project:

Robert Ray and I built it. Pretty sweet if I do say so myself.

"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult."

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