Thursday, February 02, 2006

Setting Out

Today we, the intrepid explorers Hannah and Emma, set off from our home on a year-long journey to explore the world and all it’s sights, sounds and books. Our first stop is Pacific City, Oregon. What better place to start than at the edge of the Earth close to the unknown depths of the ocean?

First thing I need to do is check out my equipment. Yep, my camera works! Sorry for the extreme close up…  can you see my brain?

Next thing, let’s explore where we are. Look! A crab! Hmmm. Where did Emma go? She doesn't seem to like creepy-crawlies but I think he's cute.

Well, here we are—at the edge of the world. That's Emma on the left with the binoculars and me on the right with my camera. What will we find? Who will follow behind us and what will they think of everything? Only time will tell!


Blogger carla said...

Wonderful, Dennis! I love the colors and the narrative feeling:> How did you do these?

2:23 PM  
Blogger Dennis West said...

Thanks Carla. I sketched them out on paper and then scanned them in and traced, colored and shaded them all in illustrator. For the book I'm going to do a wash on the pages to make it looked like an aged scrapbook and I'm going to print these illustrations out on Photo paper, cut them out with decorative scissors and paste them into the book with photo corners. Then I'll hand write in the commentary on the photos. I hope it turns out well. I have to say that I'm pretty scared to work right in your book that I just got, even if it is just a simple wash that I'll be doing.

By the way, your stuff is great! In cast you didn't see my other comment.

4:02 PM  
Blogger carla said...

Dennis, that sounds like such a cool idea! It's a total concept! I know what you mean about working directly on the scares me too. I will probaby make separate pieces and attach them as I did for my book.

6:05 PM  
Blogger Leezy said...

this is so cool and fun adn whimsical and simply delightful - I love it! now, do we continue hannah's and Emma's exploration adventures when we get your book? And should we try to replicate the characters? What did you have in mind?

I love it and I think they would work in the other books, too!

7:56 PM  
Blogger Dennis West said...


What I'm planning on doing in everyone's books is including parts of the "owner's" art in my drawings and then have them do something with it. For example, Carla's spread features Day and Night, so I'm thinking I'll do 3 pictures: one of the girls finding the art that Carla created somehow, one of the girls doing a daytime activity, like playing or being out side with the sun and sun glasses on (probably something that has more to do with discovering something in the daylight), and one of the girls at night looking through a telescope. I will try to use the same scrapbook feel in all that I do.

I don't think that everyone should try to do my characters, but I do think it would be fun if other explorers were depicted. Whether historical or fictional. and what they're exploring is totally up to you. My girls are going to be exploring and doing things that interest me and that I would do with my real daughters. I would be happy to have other people explore what interests them (except that I would prudishly ask that it be kept to a PG-13 or lower rating). Some examples of exploration that I'd consider is space, historical (Columbus-type), underwater, artistic. Basically, what interestes people enough to set out and make the effort to learn what lies beyond what we already know.

I think it would be fun if there was something written in the book also, like a commentary by the person or character that's being depicted.

Make sense? I'm glad you like it!

8:14 PM  
Blogger Dennis West said...

Oh yeah, I kind of intended the last paragraph of the the entry to be a little hint -- "What will we find? Who will follow behind us and what will they think of everything? Only time will tell!"

The "who will follow behind us" refers to the other members of the project. That doesn't mean that everyone or anyone should be exploring the same beach, just that they should be exploring something and cataloging what they find.

8:16 PM  
Blogger melko said...

I love the line work and your style. It is so much fun to read.

5:06 PM  
Blogger Monkey Freak said...

I like the picture.
Nice Job.

7:19 PM  
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