Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Breakfast Musings & More Van Gogh Gunfighters

November 25, 2015
   Breakfast musings: three works in progress, mulling numerous possibilities. Which one will I attack first?

Three Works In Progress: one scratchboard, sketchbook portrait ideas for
Rene Secretan and an elusive female gouache. The framed scratchboard of a
 Jesse James gang member, at  bottom, is there for inspiration.

    Went into the office to work on the big croquet photo package (10-pages!). Lots of moving parts. Have to nail it down today, since the staff is off tomorrow and Friday and we go to press a week from tomorrow. Had to postpone final layout until Monday. Sent first two pages down to Dan The Man so he can design splash page. Cutting it tight but it's a very ambitious piece.

   Went home for lunch and took another pass at the morning scratchboard:

Daily Whip Out: "Vincent van Gunfigher #2" 

   This came about as a result of a scribbled idea from my sketchbook:

Daily Whip Out: "Vincent van Gunfighter Cover Type Sketch"

   Robert Ray is choosing distressed-wood-block type to reverse out of scratchboard. Here's what we came up with for a rough cover comp:

Cover rough of "Vincent van Gunfighter"

   I love this stuff.

"How difficult it is to be simple."
—Old Vaquero Saying

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