I was at a disadvantage this year because Ken Burns has not put out any new National Parks documentaries since my last book. I could not steal any of Mr. Burns’ good ideas. This thought put me into a severe depression only a glass of Scotch could cure.
In my last post, I decided to go a little less historical and a little more spacey. Basically, this meant putting Ernesto and Carver in a rocket. Here are two early sketches for the cover, which I drew at the size it would be printed:
Although the detail was better for the latter sketch, which might indicate I was happier with it, I actually preferred the dynamic composition of the former sketch. What’s a man to do? I combined the best parts of both sketches! I’m positive I was the first artist to conceive of this technique.