A Walk on The Wild Side

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I’m all buckled and bent from painting all day. I’m not an artist by any stretch of the imagination – I think pre-school was the last time anyone tried to show me how to draw. I’m determined to give this cover art my best shot though, no matter how doubtful I’m feeling right now. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, as my dear old mother used to say. I’m doing a stand alone painting for African Me, but for Shadow People I had a bit of a brainwave. It could also be my unfortunate desire for instant gratification. Apparently people who desire instant gratification are actually lazy, and lack self-control. So…

Because it will be a series, it occurred to me that I could get more than one cover from one painting, linking one to the other, and creating a sense of continuity. Lovely idea you say? Well. Even though going from stick figures to the Sistine Chapel was obviously not what I was aiming for, it’s really not as easy as I thought it would be. Regardless, bent muscles notwithstanding, I’m still a bit hopeful that this might work in conjunction with the photo shopping thing.

So, right now I’ve got a humungous piece of hardboard with key scenes from the Shadow People series plopped around and about on a background that needs work – to put it mildly. I’m revamping the first book in the series for release at the same time as African Me. Being the secretive soul that I am, I’ll just share the very first really rough pencil doodle of my vision of what the Voxavi look like (just a tiny part of the total painting). Yes I know I haven’t even rubbed out lines that shouldn’t be there, and he does acquire some really cool spikes in the painting, but… As with the poem for African Me, I’m going to save the final for the actual book. My theory being that if you don’t find the doodle rotten and offensive, and curse me forever for offending your delicate eyeballs, you may not hate the final cover pictures. I’m praying here that ridicule and laughter aren’t lurking in my future.

Voxavi Rough
I will say though, that regardless of whether my attempts are toolish or not, I don’t think that I’ve ever had so much fun. Scribbling is my favourite thing to do, but letting loose, and immersing yourself in art and poetry for a while is really an amazing thing to do. I totally recommend leaping wildly from your comfort zone now and then, and doing something you never imagined that you could. What have you got to lose?

Till next time friends. xxx

19 thoughts on “A Walk on The Wild Side

    Steve said:
    June 9, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Excellent work, Jo! Animals have, like people, always eluded me in art terms. I can ‘fudge it’, but not well enough for book covers. Good luck with yours 🙂 I like the linking covers in one painting idea. A bit like a gallery waiting for a venue 🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      June 11, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks Steve! I think I am fudging it. 😀 I think I might get away with it though – with a bit of judicious computer fiddling. 😀

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        Steve said:
        June 11, 2013 at 2:06 pm

        LOL! If you’re fudging it – I can only guess that MY fudge melted 😀 I’m looking forward to seeing the finished piece 🙂

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          June 11, 2013 at 4:15 pm

          Ha haaa Steve! LOL! Double dare you to post a fudge! 😀

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            Steve said:
            June 11, 2013 at 5:38 pm

            LOL! Mine end up consigned to paper sacrifice very early on 😀

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    LucyPireel said:
    June 9, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Nothing to lose and a beautiful piece of art gained I would say, Jo dearie.
    xoxo

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      June 11, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      Thank you lovely Lucy! I don’t think I’ll be allowed to hang it on the wall though – LOL. I’m counting on the photo shopping too. 😀 xxx

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        LucyPireel said:
        June 11, 2013 at 3:21 pm

        Why! I like it a lot! and photoshop is overrated. 🙂
        xoxo

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          June 11, 2013 at 4:07 pm

          I found a freebie called Paint.net – much better than photo shop! Just trying to figure out the scissors action. 😀

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            LucyPireel said:
            June 11, 2013 at 5:18 pm

            Try Gimp, can do anything Photoshop can but for free also and easy as pie. (I use it for my covers)
            xoxo

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    cicampbell2013 said:
    June 9, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    “Letting loose, and immersing yourself in art and poetry for a while is really an amazing thing to do. I totally recommend leaping wildly from your comfort zone now and then, and doing something you never imagined that you could. What have you got to lose?”
    Couldn’t agree more!
    Sure the cover art will be amazing!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      June 11, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      Thanks Christine! I’m really hoping! It’s a pity I don’t know what I’m doing at all though – slows you down a bit – but I’ll get there in the end. 🙂

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    marianallen said:
    June 9, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    I’m particular about my dragons, and I *love* your dragon! W00t!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      June 11, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      Cool, cool, cool! That’s the opinion I want – yours! I’m trying to make them look powerful, but not mean, if you know what I mean. 😀

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        marianallen said:
        June 11, 2013 at 2:21 pm

        I do know — and it’s hard to do. Good job! 🙂

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          June 11, 2013 at 4:14 pm

          Thank you awesome dragon writer! Maybe (with LOTS of practice), I’ll have go at painting one of your cool guys. 😀 xx

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    Kev said:
    October 7, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    lol Everyone has to start somewhere. 😉

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