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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.)