Dave P. had commissioned Dave Sim to do these pieces in 2010:
The problem was that the dot tone was coming unstuck from the illustration board
(Dave had a nasty habit of not burnishing down the tone) and I was tasked with repairing or replacing the old tone.
The main stumbling block was that Letratone was no longer available from the manufacturer.
I had only been able to find a few randoms sheets available at an antiques dealer's website (...antiques!?!?).
Dave P. found a source in Japan (...Japan!?!?) and had them ship the tone directly to me. The courier doesn't deliver to PO boxes, so I used Pride Stables as my delivery address (my home address is not easy to find). They had to actually Google Pride Stables to prove it existed and they printed out a street view pic and attached it to the package (guess it wasn't any easier to find). It took only two days to arrive from the other side of the world and about a week to get across town.
Here's the whole thing with the tone having been carefully removed from the art:
I haven't done any toning in a very long time and ,true to form, managed to slice off the tip of my finger... just like the old days.
I used the spoon to burnish down the tone. Always use the right tool for the right job. It should stay stuck now.
The old tone on Cerebus was still in pretty good shape so I left that and burnished it down. There is a subtle contrast now between the original Cerebus tone and the new Thrunk tone that , I think, makes the Cerebus figure stand out a little better.
I don't miss cutting and pasting and trimming and rubbing down tone... not at all.
And my finger is healing nicely, thank you.
First, here's a view out the window... it's nice to see the sun for a change.
Meanwhile, back at the old drawing board, I had received this Brian Bolland convention sketch from Charles.
He asked if I could,
"...make it a bit of an homage to an old Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening post cover piece that I own the prelim to."
So based on Charles' suggestions, I came up with this rough sketch:
Because it's a very simple, rough con sketch done on fairly light-weight paper, we won't be going "whole hog" super-detailed and coloured on this one. But Charles did say, " It takes an average convention sketch and makes it a special piece."
So that's nice.
From the Environment Canada website for today:
"Flurries and local snow squalls. Local amount 5 to 10 cm. Blowing snow. Wind southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50.
High minus 19. Wind chill minus 40."
Which is about the same as yesterday and about the same for tomorrow.
By the way... minus 40 Celsius is the same as minus 40 Fahrenheit.
This is the view out the window this morning. That frost is on the INSIDE:
In an effort to keep this from turning into "Gerz Weather Blog", here are some odds and ends from last year.
This is just a page of doodles. The kind of stuff I do for no reason at all or while talking on the phone:
I guess you could call this a "sequential doodle":
Sometimes I find an image on Google that I just have to sketch:
This is an inked piece based on a photo I took in Mexico years ago that I always thought would make an interesting drawing:
That's it for now... time to go and figure out how to get the car to start.
We drive past this barn all the time and finally stopped to take a picture... just wanted to share it with you all.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.
Loads of branches and trees down all over, one of which took out the wire for the pump in the well. So... no power, no water.
Luckily, we have a wood stove for warmth and we discovered that we can make an omelet and warm up leftover fries & gravy.
Not much else to do without power, so I try colouring in the available light (and man, do I ever need a haircut!)
The power came back on just as it was getting dark but we're still without water for the near future.
Don't worry... we don't drink the melt water. We need it for other things.
Here's hoping that you are all safe, warm and healthy.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and the very best for this Festive Season.