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Yet Another Mock-up…

…very rough sketch of the back cover photo and no hand colouring on the front cover photocopy:

…looks like I may have finally figured out that I was spending too much time on these mock-ups.

Here’s the printed cover:

(The expression on Dave’s face is what I believe is referred to as a “shit-eating grin”.)

The “Zee” in the back cover caption refers to “Zolastraya” (not her real name) who some of you may remember was featured in her own (short-lived) comic book:

Man… the late ’80s… what were we thinkin’?

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More Mock-ups!

The cover mock-up for Cerebus 118:

As usual, I did a quick sketch of the back cover photo to indicate size and position to the printer. The sketches were done by projecting the slide photo onto the paper and tracing it with a marker. It was very quick, efficient, and sort of fun.

What I don’t remember or understand is why I hand coloured the reduced photocopy  of the black and white cover art. It’s not like I had a whole lot of time to spare while maintaining a (more or less) monthly schedule AND being in charge of the day-to-day operations of the company. Maybe it was practice before I coloured the full size original? It couldn’t have been “just for the fun of it”.

Here’s the printed cover:

The photo was from “Doogies”, a little restaurant almost directly across the street form the studio.

For years, we went there practically EVERY DAY for lunch.

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Still Waters…

The drawing I did for Chris Opperman: on the piano during recording and on the CD cover…

…and a Kickstarter:

“…The stunning artwork for the album was drawn by famed Canadian comic book artist Gerhard. I spent a lot of time as a teenager marvelling over his technique in Cerebus, and it was a dream come true to have him make this piece for me. It’s the first time in the history of my music that I’ve had the album cover done before I even recorded a single note! It’s also amazing that Kimberly Osberg’s piece is in some ways a tone poem based on the cover art! It will also be on the piano while I’m recording my own original pieces (obviously I’m also going to be one of the composers featured on my album!) and I am sure it will be very inspirational…”

-Chris Opperman

Very cool.

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Desperately Seeking Something…

I’ve been informed that I should update this blog more often. (Yes, I’m looking at YOU, Steve.)

Since I seem incapable of producing new work (I blame COVID… not that I HAVE it, but I blame it none the less) I went through some old files and found a bunch of back-and-front-cover mock-ups that I used to do for the monthly book as a guide for Preney Print & Litho. Here’s the one for Cerebus issue 117:

I would do a quick sketch of the photo for the back cover to indicated size and position and paste a photocopy of the art for the front cover to indicate same. There are all sorts of notes on colour for the lettering, etc.

I have NO idea why I coloured the building in the photocopy. I had to write “sample” over top to make sure Preney didn’t think this was the actual cover art.

Here’s how it turned out:

There… I updated the blog.

(You may see more of these if this COVID thing doesn’t let up soon.)