I did this piece last night while watching episodes of the original Muppet Show. This is the first thing I’ve done since April that wasn’t either Harmony Boom related or commissioned. Just the way things have rolled lately, I guess. A lot of my time has gone into the new gallery I’m opening in Tumwater, which is borderline batshit insane. I guess that’s also just how some things roll.
I just turned this piece over to some friends of mine who commissioned me to do it for a friend of their’s who just bought a bar here in downtown Olympia. Their only real request had been to have it be of Panda Bunny at this bar. So I scoped out the bar briefly a couple of weeks ago, had some new ginger ale I’d never tried before, and the bar itself had this awesome mosaic thing underneath it, so I went with that. The composition just spoke to me. I remembered the little fridge because that’s where my ginger ale came from. Whatta world.
Just for kicks, here’s what my pencils looked like. I happen to have the scan since I sent it to the people who commissioned the piece, though I don’t think they ever even looked at it. I realized what I had done to myself with those bottles after penciling about a quarter of them, but by that point it was already too late.
So. With about 5 minutes to spare on Saturday night I finished the last bit of erasing and called my new book cooked. For anyone interested, the results of the survey are available here. Suffice it to say people wanted a book with a Crow for a protagonist, some donuts as the antagonist, Olympia as the setting, and an Evil Twin as the literary device. I did what I could.
I began writing the book at about 4pm on Friday, and was able to work until about 8pm Friday evening. I picked it up again Saturday at noon and finished at 8pm. Sunday morning I lettered the book and added inkwash, then scanned it all before returning it to the Washington Center, where it will live for a couple of months or something. It should actually be coming down just about the time I get the book back from the printer, provided I ever even get started with the design and printing process. We’ll see.
I will be at the Washington Center this Wednesday the 30th at 6pm for an Artist’s Reception, at which time I’ll read the book and also read an excerpt from the new Harmony Boom novel, then answer questions or something. Should be fun!
Hey Internet, today, Thursday, is the final day to take the survey I put together for the book I’ll be writing and drawing live at the Washington Center during Oly Arts Walk:
It’s only ten questions, it’s multiple choice, it’s funny (or at least it made me laugh). Take it and then make other people take it and then come visit me Friday and Saturday in downtown Olympia. I have spoken!
Here’s a drawing from the show:
Hope to see a bunch of people there. Bring coffee!
I got a poster produced all special to have this Arts Walk, which I think I’ll have for sale at the Washington Center on April 25th and 26th. It’s of everyone’s favorite Panda Bunny, or possibly of his cousin who did some hard time. Whatever. Here you go:
If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the Make-A-Book Project I’ll foolishly be attempting during Arts Walk and especially be sure to take the Make-A-Book Survey, otherwise, I won’t know what to write and draw a book about. Seriously, take the survey! We need critical mass for the results to not be so easily influenced by my ballot cramming efforts! And then come to the Washington Center in Oly during Arts Walk to see me create the book and to check out all our art, plus, of course, the new Harmony Boom novel that we’ll be releasing during the event. Yow!
The Great 2014 Calavara Book-A-Thon!
In which our intrepid hero will endeavor to write and draw a picture book in two days, in public! That’s right, you can wander in and look over the author’s hunched sloping shoulders as he sobs onto a piece of bristol and smeared ink, wondering when they’ll let him go get another cup of coffee.
The place is the Washington Center (512 Washington St SE, Oly) and the when is Olympia’s Spring Arts Walk (April 25th & 26th). As well as creating the book, there will be lots and lots of other new P. Calavara artwork, as well as the official release of the new Harmony Boom novel, The Adventure of the Mysterious Adventure. Not bad!
But wait! Because this book is going to be created in a public place at a public event with the public poking the author with sticks, we decided that it only made sense to wrangle the public into the creation of the book. To that end, your responses here will determine both the characters and theme of the book to be written, as well as what interactions with the supposed author will be like. When the survey is completed in the days before the event, the results will be tallied. Then, during Arts Walk, the survey results will be presented, the book created, and the author poked with sticks. Publicly.
Anything else? I suppose for completeness sake we should post something like a link to pre-order the book. Also, my business partner says she’ll beat me up if I don’t. But the fact of the matter is that I can’t know how much the book will cost until after it’s produced, so I’m going to choose a semi-random number and hope I don’t take a bath on anyone who does elect to pre-order the book. Here you go:
$15.00 – 2014 Book-a-thon Pre-order!
This afternoon the UPS guy threw a book through my window. I had thought it was the library, upset about my frank letters regarding their periodicals policy, but no, it was, in fact, THE PROOF OF MY NEW BOOK!
Not bad, right? 7″x10″ hardcover. Yow! And still available to pre-order through our Kickstarter that we’re doing for the project.
If for some reason you don’t know what Harmony Boom is, here is a link: LINK!
I’ll post some of the work I’m doing for the Washington Center show at some point as well. I’m pretty pleased with how it’s all coming together. If for some reason you don’t what my art is, here is a link: LINK!
So what the heck have I been doing? Well, in the last couple of months I found, bought, and moved into a new house, which ate a lot of time, and I wrote, illustrated and designed the first Harmony Boom novel, The Adventure of the Mysterious Adventure, which ate some more time. The book is currently going through the proofing process but our target is to release it at April Arts Walk here in Olympia, when we’ll be presenting a whole mess of Harmony Boom artwork (as well as a fair amount of my normal artwork) at the Washington Center here in Olympia.
We’re currently running a kickstarter to help finance the production of the book, a lovely 7″x10″ hardcover. If you live in Olympia the best way to get a copy is to come see us the weekend of Arts Walk, but if you don’t then the kickstarter is a great way to pre-order a copy. Time for me to get back to work!
Hey whoever is reading this. Been awhile! Well, I’ve been busy and I don’t have to apologize for that. Anyhow, here’s a screengrab I, uh, grabbed from my computer showing the first 100 Harmony Boom Comics.
I was just saving this weeks and thought the image looked cool. If you’re not reading the HB comic, you should be. It’s fun and I do it! This will hopefully be the year of Harmony Boom, so keep an eye out. We’ve got the HUGEST plans. I’m not sure how much I can talk about, but we’ll definitely have a bunch of art up at the Washington Center here in Olympia for Arts Walk in April. Not only will we be debuting a bunch of art and the biggest HB project to date, but I’ll be chained to a drafting table where I’ll attempt to write and draw a picture book during the two days of Arts Walk. Plan your trip now! April 25 and 26th.
I drew these out in the freezing cold at the Lincoln Winter Market last weekend and just found them now while I was thawing out. Just some silly little monsters for your enjoyment.
The originals are both just technical pen on cardstock. There you go.