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book 5 covers continued

I knew that I wanted this year’s collection of Falling Rock comics to be a companion of sorts to last year’s:see-america-first-brown-paper-low

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:cover-sketch2 cover-sketch1

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.cover-sketch3

This was the final sketch before I put brush to Bristol board paper.  Yeah, that’s right!  I used a brush to ink the cover!  But you’ll have to wait a little while longer to see the final cover.  I gotta save something for future posts.
You might also notice the title for book 5 will be Scenic Byways.  The best way to see America’s beautiful wilderness areas is by rocket.
Here are some sketches for the back cover:back-cover-sketch1 back-cover-sketch2 The sign reads “WILDLIFE REFUGE and ROCKET TESTING GROUND,” which is just a joke.  There are no rockets allowed in Falling Rock National Park.

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