Going back in time
About 5 years ago, I was privileged with the task of taking some 35 of Val’s journal poems, and illustrating them. Since she is open to ideas and loves cartoon art, it was a creative marriage made in heaven, and I did some of my best work. Not only was her writing inspiring in its cadence, style, and content, but I found interesting ways to integrate words and pictures, sometimes turning a letter of a word into a small illustration.
Since then, the art stayed here, as Val busied herself with lots of other activities, but recently she asked me to resurrect them, and get them ready for reproduction. When I got a larger scanner, I was in business. Each page was scanned at 300 dpi, and then I went in on each page, enlarging them on the monitor some 400%, and getting rid of any stray pencil marks, dirt, or paint that went over a line. Moreover, I was seeing the art a bit differently, and began to change some of the values of the art, knocking back details that I felt competed with the words. Overall, what I may have sacrificed in sharp contrast was more than made up for in subtlety and new clarity.
While I thought I was merely going to scan and clean up the art, what I didn’t take into account was that 5 years later, I had changed enough so that I wanted to change the art too. Also, in going back to it, I remembered what fine work the collaboration is, and I’m really happy that it’s finally going to see the light of day.