With little more than three weeks to go until the LoveLetter Convention in Berlin Spandau, I thought it was high time to upload the mini-film of last year’s sketchbook. I’m going to take another leporello sketchbook to this year’s LLC – leporello books are a pain to work with, but I always LOVE the finished result. 🙂
In all the first-weeks-of-term flurry (not to speak of the adding-the-finishing-touches-to-dratted-diss misery), lining up my promo material for the LoveLetter Convention was of somewhat minor priority. But with only one month to go till the big event, I decided it was high time to do something about bookmarks and pretty things I would be able to sign. So I sat down last night and started to design.
The last batch of bookmarks for Castle of the Wolf didn’t turn out all that nice (granted, this was partly my fault because I forgot to convert my file into a CYMK image, but there were also issues with the overall quality), so I looked around for some other options. Let’s hope I’ll get better results with the new printer of my choice.
Designing bookmarks for Springtime Pleasures turned out to be surprisingly difficult – I wanted a nice, dark green for the background, but my first attempts all looked rather lame. Luckily, I remembered my trusty swirls, fiddled around with transparency, fonts, and what not, and ended up with this:
I like my bookmarks rather clean and uncluttered, and I think this will do the trick nicely. What do you think?
Now I only have to decide on the punctuation of the tagline:
Caught between duty & desire … Which one will he choose?
Like last year, I’m going to take a sketchbook to the LoveLetter Convention 2013. And while I love my trusty, small watercolour box, I have an even smaller box that would be just perfect for travelling but came with only six colours. Here’s a page from last year’s sketchbook that shows you how very small both boxes are (Moleskine sketchbook in A5; the boxes are depicted in life size).
|Trusty, everyday box at the top & super-duper mini box at the bottom|
Aren’t they cute? The mini box came with a foldable brush that slids into a compartment in the lid of the box. But as you can see, the selection of colours is indeed a problem. I mean, Viridian Hue, hu? That’s NOT a very nice green!!!
What’s a girl to do?
Easy: buy some Blu Tack and start hacking the box. Because without the plastic tray and the plastic holders for the little half pans, you can squeeze 14 (FOURTEEN!!!!) half pans into that box. Not bad, eh? So I got a few empty half pans and a few tubes of cheap paint (with two or three indulgences thrown in) (I LOVE the names of watercolours – they’re so evocative, and I find it very hard to resist a pretty name. I mean, Turner Yellow? Isn’t that a lovely name?). And the hacking commenced:
(I had to cut the empty pans to size because they were a bit too deep to properly fit into the box – hence the plastic scraps in the upper right corner in the sketch above). After a bit of fiddling around with colours and meditating over the selection I got, I finally ended up with this nice little box:
I love the sap green in this palette and the brown called Terra Pozzuli (another of these pretty names!): it’s a very earthy colour. I also love Turner Yellow, even though it smells funny.
But then, I bet it doesn’t smell even half as funny as the 19th-century watercolour paint called Indian Yellow that was supposedly made from the concentrated urine of cows that had been fed only with mango-leaves and had been given very little water. THAT yellow apparently had a very … uhm … pungent scent indeed. 🙂
Last year’s LLC was such a blast, and so it’s little wonder that I’m counting the days until this year’s big event. The conference also offers a good excuse to design some new bookmarks for the new, soon-to-be-released editions of my old novels*. Of course, I had to start with Castle of the Wolf – after all, there’s a dishy man in blue to drool over:
I ordered a few test prints yesterday, and I can’t wait to see how they turn out.
* I finally figured out a comparatively quick way how to get clean copies of the published novels (or at least clean copies of Castle and Bewitched). I still need to make a few minor changes to both books and clean up a few spelling mistakes that made it into the published versions.