Cover Image Revised...Again

Looking at yesterday’s sketch got me to thinking that there’s no way that Jimmy Jay’s going to jump down that chimney without injuring himself. He needs a better line of action, a nice line that makes him look like he’s diving rather than looking like he’s going to plow headfirst into a brick wall. So, I thought I’d better try again. Here’s my second attempt. I think the second attempt is telling me that I’d better make a third attempt.

Drawing a diver from imagination is harder than I imagined it would be. Perhaps some reference photos of divers would help.

Working on the Frontispiece

Yes, it’s been days that I’ve been reworking this picture. But, I made some progress today. I finally found a pose that’s more dynamic than my original it still needs more work. For example, the line weights are out of whack. Fortunately I’ll have about five weeks off to finish this book. My deadline for publishing is now August 31. That’s 2019, not 2020.

Here’s the rough image. There are some awkward line intersections that need fixing, and the line weight are totally screwy, but easily fixable…tomorrow.

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Buddy wants to be family, revised

Here’s yet another version of “Buddy wants to be part of the family.” In the previous version Momma Jay looked like she came from an alternate Jaybird universe. I liked her weird new look, but she didn’t look like the Momma Jay in the rest of the book. I’m going to look at these pictures tomorrow with fresh eyes.

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