Chore Day Oct 5, 2019 -- Cooking for the Week, Going to the Art Store, and Brainstorming

Every Saturday I cook up food for the week, usually making some bean and sweet potato burgers for my canine amigos (with all the nutrients required by canines), and some delicious goodies for myself, such as rice and beans flavored with lots of powerful spices.

The big event of the day was a trip to B&N in Medford, where I bought the latest issue of Ad Busters which asks, Can artists save the world with a Brutalist new aesthetic? That’s a question well worth investigating, I say. To prepare myself for the future, I went to Art Central I bought a big Fabriano notebook for my gouache paintings, a Kunst und Papier watercolor tablet, and four small Princeton brushes for my gouache painting. They have with eye-pleasing cerulean-colored handles.

And I did some uncritical brainstorming on the iPad — I’m trying to figure out how to do the cover image of Jimmy Jay jumping down a chimney. This is my third effort. I think I’m loosening up a little with each attempt.

Choosing a page size for a picturebook

One detail I didn’t consider for my picturebook was the size of the pages and shape of the pages. I initially hadn’t planned on doing a print version — I assumed that customers would be buy e-books for their iPads.

iPads have a 4:3 aspect ratio, rather square compared to Kindle Fire’s 16:10, and much more square than standard HD 16:9 screens you see on laptops. What looks good on an iPad is going to look dopey on a Kindle Fire, and vice versa. eBookPartnership suggests creating two versions: one for iPads and another for 16:10 and 16:9 devices. Each version would require images designed to fit the resolution of the screen, its own ISBN, and time and effort to make both versions look good on their respective devices.

So, I’m going to be practical I’m going to use the square print version for the e-book. As you can see in the illustration below, the square format will look okay on the iPad, but it will suck on the long/wide screen of the Kindle Fire. Two out of three is good enough for me.

The square page format as it will appear on your iPad or your Kindle Fire

The square page format as it will appear on your iPad or your Kindle Fire