Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Interviewed by Wendy Martin Illustration

I did an interview with the lovely Wendy Martin. We talk about inspiration, technique, and Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. (OK we didn't really talk about that. But it is yummy.) Thanks for making me look good Wendy!

Scott Fischer Interview w/ Wendy Martin

Friday, March 8, 2013

Vote for JUMP! 2013

EDIT 3/20/13 Thanks to your votes 'Jump!' will be leaping back in boxes of Cheerios in 2014! And even cooler, tons of books will be donated to kids who need them! thanks to Cheerios, First Book and Simon and Schuster for thinking kids books are a better prize than a plastic trinket! (Though I do love a good plastic trinket!)

Can I be so lucky as to have one of my books be a prize in Cheerios boxes for a second time? Yes! With your help. Cheerios has selected 5 books (that have all been in Cheerios boxes before) and one of the five will leap back into boxes of crunchy goodness in 2014! You can help get 'JUMP!' back in the box with two clicks. BUT even cooler. The folks at Cheerios and First Book will donate one book to a child in need for the first 25000 votes! That is awesometastic!

Even if you don't vote for 'JUMP!' please vote to get a cool book into the hands of a cool kid somewhere! Voting ends March 11 2013 that is like in two days! So vote here, quick! 

Vote for JUMP!

 And in celebration, I thought I would share the ORIGINAL book dummy for 'Jump!'. If you know the published version, yo can see how major the evolution was. Third graders prefer this version 10 to 1, but the book was really for toddlers, and most of them prefer the printed version. Cause, you know, sharks are scary (Unless you give them one tooth. That is the secret!)

Here are a couple spreads from the printed version!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Ballpoint Baller- technique

I had a question about my transfer process before I do a final ballpoint drawing. Now, if I am working in my sketchbook, I just wing it with no predrawing, but that is easy when there isn't a description I have to follow!

But when you are on a gig, there is an approval process. And you don't want to kill yourself on a drawing that may get killed in the end, so you send a prelim.

So I do a quick thumbnail, which is usually a pencil or pen scribble in the margin of a manuscript. I scan that into the computer and use the stylus and photoshop to clean it up. I will attach a page of what these drawings look like, be warned, they aren't pretty!!

After approval I make any changes in P-shop based on feedback. I tighten some things in the computer, but it is usually pretty messy still. I want to leave some fun for the actual ballpoint so I don't spell it all out.

When I am ready to do the final, I first tint the drawing to the CYAN with 'image/ adjust/ hue/saturation'. Then I go into 'Image/ Adjust/ Levels' and use the slider on the bottom of the window by grabbing the 'dark' side slider and sliding it all the way up to about 252. It will look like the drawing is gone, but it is still there, just very light.

I then print it out with my Epson on Strathmore 2ply bristol 500 plate surface. It is hard to see the printed drawing, but if you did it right, you will see just enough to get the ballpoint flying.

In the attached Archway of doom you can still see the cyan printout I am working over inside the entrance.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Blazing into 2013

I am slack on my blog posts, but rest assured I am pumping out the art to kick off 2013! These are about 1/3 of the drawings for Scary School book 3 by Derek Taylor Kent. Due to hit the shelf this summer, so I better keep the ball point pen moving!