This pic illustrates the true story of “Clarissa” an elephant being used for a publicity stunt in downtown Madrid, until she ran away and caused chaos during the morning rush hour.
I have been involved in a mad-dash of my own in the last week; getting all the artwork done and uploaded to the book-designer’s FTP. I am happy to report that I am finally finished with all the artwork for “Elephants in the News”. I should see a proof in a week or two and then the book goes to the printer at the end of November
All in all there are 42 full colour illustrations, 25 of those are full page, 13 are double-page spreads and 4 are partial spreads (going half way past the gutter onto the facing page). As of September 1st 2006, I had 14 full colour illustrations already done but only 5 of these were absolutely ready to go, because the rest had to be modified to fit the new design. The other 28 pics were already roughed out in pencil, which the designer had used to lay out the book. It was handy to have her book layout with me as I worked because I was able to clean up the illustrations knowing where the type was supposed to go.
So… between September 1st-October 25th I did 28 full page colour illustrations (from my roughs) and re-worked 9 of the old illustrations. I think that works out to finishing one illustration every two two days… or maybe even faster.
Now that it is all finished, I am looking forward to getting back to a more regular lifestyle; sleeping, watching TV, doing some bathing once in a while. Also, not eating corn flakes for breakfast and lunch and dinner will be nice…