Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Dragon in a dress — "Butch 'em up!"
So get this: At my full-time gig, they asked me to illustrate a dragon dressed up like Cinderella, in a ball gown, wearing glass slippers. They say it symbolizes some sort of cliche or saying related to football. Get it? I don’t either. I don't watch football. But I created the illustration anyway, going all Cinderella on em — blue magic background, glittery stars, hot pink dress. So I finish the illustration, post a portion of it on this blog, and leave it out for the editors to see. When I come into work today, they tell me: "It's too girly for a sports illustration. Of course it is, but you did ask for a dragon in a ball gown and glass slippers, didn't you?
Creating illustrations for the newspaper aren't much different than those in children's books, except for the time factor. I come into work today, and find that I have three hours to change the illustration that will run in tomorrow’s newspaper. "Butch him up," they said.
So I omitted the blue magical background, the starry swirls and added fire coming out the dragon’s mouth. Can't get more macho than breathing fire.
In other news: I sent three manuscripts to the editor of a book I’m illustrating. I've decided that I completely do not want to go the slush pile route. I don't play the lottery for the same reasons.
Anyway, I get an email from him less than 24-hours later: "Let's talk about your budding writing career," he says. We talk tomorrow, 10 a.m. So please, no calls in the morning. I won't even answer the phone to anything except a 212 area code.