Tuesday, September 16, 2008

September 16, 2008
Struggling with the cover for the graphic novel excerpt which will run in the next issue of True West. We need to thread the needle between historically accurate and cutting edge. Not easy. I spent wayyyyy too long on a painting of Mickey straddling two worlds and it just doesn't quite pop the way I wanted it to. I'm afraid I overworked it, and tried too hard. Here are two cover roughs Robert Ray and I worked up yesterday:

Not bad. Not great. The painting still bugs me. I wish I could reattack it, but I spent way too long on it and I have to finish the guts. Here's another take utilizing a different image of Mickey:

I have two concerns. One is that neither seems punchy enough, but my other concern is that I've been working on this so long (four years) that I can't see the forest for the trees.

I'll post Dan's cover takes in the next post.

Meanwhile, as I'm fretting over the images, I got this missive about the words this morning:

"Isn't there anyone at TW who cares enough about BBB to tell him how hilariously bad the text featured on his Mickey Free website is?"
—An Avid Blog Reader

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