By Justin Gerard
Most of the time here on Muddy Colors I try to provide, thoughtful, in-depth, considered blog posts that are hopefully informative, thought-provoking and interesting. Well today I'm taking a break from all that to bring you some shameless self-promotion. No more salad and steamed vegetables, it's time for cheeseburgers made of donuts and bacon!
Today I'm sharing a preview of Annie and I's Sketchbooks for 2016, which will be available for pre-order August 25! For Justin's sketchbook, this year will feature many gryphons, dragons, dwarves, orcs, and all manner of pestilence and assorted villainy.
As with previous years this sketchbook will include a great deal of development sketchwork as well as finished paintings. It gives an overview of the development procedures that go into designing and illustrating the scenes I paint.
While my book focuses on misadventures and monsters both foul and wicked, Annie's sketchbook focuses on creatures a bit more magical and refined...
Annie will be showcasing 5 new oil paintings in her sketchbook as well as the preliminary sketches, drawings and developmental work it took to create each one. It also features and in-depth tutorial where Annie outlines both the tools and techniques she uses to achieve the classical feel of her work.
Her book covers a variety of fairytales and folklore from the early 19th century including works by Hans Christian Anderson, the Brothers Grimm and J.M. Barrie.
Both books will be available for pre-order on August 25 at 12 noon EST from www.gallerygerard.com. Each book in this limited run is hand-signed and numbered by the artist and will ship in September.
The first 50 individuals who order will receive a highly limited signed and numbered mini-print. (More on that soon!)
And as with previous year's book we will be offering a limited edition run of books with a hand-drawn original inside. We hope you will drop by to take a look on the 25th!