Thursday, August 6, 2009

A Quartet of Full-Color Teasers!

David and I are working hard on the considerable task of creating the finished color artwork for DON'T FORGET THIS SONG.

We did some selected tiers at the request of the folks at Abrams. They'll be featured in an upcoming color catalog.

We'd like to share these pieces with you now...

This first one is from the second chapter of the book. You can compare this colored, inked version with the earlier pencilled "take" of this tier of two panels...



Next is a scene from the third chapter, right after A.P. has met the love of his life, Sara Dougherty, for the first time...




Now, from chapter eight, a teen-aged Maybelle wows 'em with her guitar heroics...




And, for our final sample today, an emotional moment from Chapter 14, in which all the Carters gather to see and hear their very first record release, "The Wandering Boy" c/w "The Poor Orphan Child." Shellac-ophiles will notice that we used an accurate 1927 Victor Records stock sleeve for the Carters' copy of this important record.



We'll post more sequences from the book in days to come. We hope you've enjoyed these sneak previews.

3 comments:

the adventures of suzie eaglefeather said...

this is awesome!!!!!!! way to go - i can't wait to get my copy.

vinylsaurus said...

Lookin' good! I'm really excited for this book.

Paul Tumey said...

WOW! These are gorgeous. The coloring and finished inks are better than I expected. David's lean, sensitive drawings somehow capture the "high lonesome" quality of the Appalachian folkways. The muted color palette is reminiscent of the best of early 20th century newspaper Sunday funnies, when the color supplements made "rainbows look liek lead pipes," as publisher William Randolph Hearst once famously bragged. The combination of these elements results in a story that takes us back, back to another time and place. I can't wait to read the final book!