Here’s a second cover supporting the Days of Change campaign, sponsored by Quokka Press.
Here’s a rundown of how I colour the Quokka cover each week. I’ll use the Easter cover as an example.
I use Photoshop CS3 and a Wacom Intuos 3 graphics tablet to do the colouring.
I do quite a few things to get to the colouring stage:
1. I draw a sketch at final print size, and get it approved by Quokka Press
2. I set the sketch onto my lightbox, and lay over some watercolour paper (190 gsm smooth)
3. I ink the lines in using ordinary black ink and a Hunt 120 nib
4. I scan the finished linework (300dpi, ‘colour’ mode)
5. I save the original scan as a tiff file (and keep a copy separate)
This week’s cover highlights Days of Change, a new social networking site launching on May 1st.
Individuals, schools and organisations are invited to join and make pledges: simple actions they can take to help create a more sustainable future.
Here’s the cover for Anzac Day- the Flame of Remembrance at Kings Park.
Fun topic this week- it’s not often I get to draw quokkas in these sorts of poses, because they’re usually squatting on the ground.
And as an extra special treat, here’s a video of how I put the cover together this week. Turn your speakers up.
A friend remarked that she was glad the quokkas are wearing eye protection. I suppose when the seagulls are right above their heads, that’s quite important.
The first cartoonist, about to meet the first art critic.
The annual Sculptures by the Sea exhibition is on now at Cottesloe Beach.
The original draft for this cover had a pop culture reference that didn’t quite fit:
If you don’t get it, watch this.