With most of the images I create to promote my book The Madness of Art Short Stories, I try to use the comic book method–that is, penciling, inking, then coloring with the computer. There’s two challenges I have to deal with: I don’t have a lightbox (a box that projects light from underneath the image, making it traceable, thus reducing pencil lines) and I haven’t figured out how to use computer colors all that well. To get around those problems, I have to keep the images fairly simple. Anyways, here’s what I’ve come up with recently.
The image above was actually made with pastel crayons and a steak knife, with the text then added by computer.
My book The Madness of Art Short Stories is basically a collection of eight tales all dealing with the stranger aspects of the creative process, with stories ranging from a time travel yarn involving the city of Portland in the future to a murder mystery set in New York at the peak of the Red Scare.