Jazz progressive #1

A deja vu image that keeps coming back? I sure do. The third time around is a rendering in watercolor… step one.

Jazz01Using my reference images I sketch in the collage, changing what I want. Most of the change is the desire for movement in the collage. The way I’m approaching this is changing the singer’s face in a more Hispanic flavor, with  hair flowing up and twisting around. Another change is to make the piano keyboard dance in a curve around the guitar. I use resist on the piano keys and other white areas that I want to reserve. Then lightly wash in some of the shapes to see if I am happy with my layout.

portrait Lil’ Ben redo progress #1

Here we go again, third time is a charm they say. 🙂

Here is the sketch laid out on the watercolor paper with “mastik” or “resist” applied to reserve the white areas.

portrait little Ben redo  With the white areas protected I have an easier time treating the background with a free wash without worry.




Book layout and design

Just finished doing a text book design/layout for A. G. Sheikh, on the unfamiliar subject of, “Ladakh, Tibet and Central Asia”. The author is a wonderful man to talk with and strikes me as very kind soul. The layout of this book is colorful including many beautiful scenic views of the country and cultural artifacts. A must read, tabletop picture book with cultural information that will assist anyone anticipating a visit to the middle east. It should help to not appear so ignorant when you arrive.

Did not know this area of the world had so many cool landscape views and such rich heritage. I found myself reading simply out of interest as I worked on the layout. At first the word Ladakh, was just a word that was hard to spell, but now it is a land where spiritual and cultural histories astound the mind.

check it out on Amazon

Reflections on Ladakh, Tibet and Central Asia

Central Asia history text
Reflections of Ladakh, Tibet and Central Asia

taken from the Amazon.com description:

  1. A well researched book about the history and culture of Ladakh, written by one of Ladakh’s native and most prominent scholars. This book brings together 22 of his papers, originally published elsewhere, and dealing with topics as diverse as a new perspective on Ladakh’s history, and interactions with its neighbors, Islam in Ladakh and contemporary cultural manifestations. It provides a comprehensive overview of different facets of Ladakh’s rich cultural heritage, especially past historical, political and cultural linkages with neighboring countries.