Brass key, back door

Posted: September 21, 2014 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, music
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Brass-Key-Back-Door-Mo-2014Brass key, back door” illustration by Mo 2014
will let all 38 drawings settle now for a bit and then it will be time to go back to the beginning, tweak any obvious bits that don’t work & find someone who can scan them all at 600 dpi, they are on big sheets of Saunders Waterford HP 425 gsm watercolour paper. Tilly’s Art Supplies in Rozelle said they could do the scans for $20 per drawing so I will take this one in on Wednesday (will scan it in sections on the A4 scanner here first just in case it gets damaged in the process) and see if it will go through their machine as this one has just about every kind of mark I have made over the past 3 & 1/2 years. This is just the first stage of the book & 4 CD set, there’s lots of editing, layout & printing options to consider as well as songs that need to be recorded, the launch is booked at Artsite Gallery for September 2016.
You can see the illustrations here
and listen to the songs here

  1. deanna7trees says:

    you’ve done a fabulous job. a labor of love.

    • Mo Crow says:

      x fingers the scanning will work at Tilly’s on Wednesday, last year the quote for a flat bed scan was $180 each x 38 = no way! If all else fails I can scan them in sections on the A4 scanner and stitch each image back together digitally, labour intensive but I have time.

  2. Carol says:

    This is getting exciting, Mo! The image is beautiful, of course, and has developed so well. Now more hard work, and the stress of getting the drawings copied. I guess you’ll need all that time between now and 2016, but it will be so worth all the work and love you’ve expended.

    • Mo Crow says:

      2 years seems like a long time but getting each image tweaked, scanned and into the computer, then fitting in the text, converting the file to a printable PDF & then finding the best printer to work with locally. The covers will be die cut embossed with a leather look black heavy card, we investigated the technology back in 2010 when we were hoping to produce an affordable version of An illuminated Book of Cats, learned a lot from that journey which took 7 years… this one will only take 5 (x fingers)!

  3. Jane B (epocktextiles) says:

    this is beautiful – had to look back at the first post of it to see the new bits and general development.

    • Mo Crow says:

      thanks Jane this one took a lot of letting go and losing the plot, then once I had given up on it as a totally lost cause had a lot of fun just throwing everything in and giving it a bit of a stir.
      Thanks to Michael Leunig for this article which has helped over and over.

  4. Liz says:

    (gasp) … Such wonderment!

    • Mo Crow says:

      thanks Liz, it took a bit of wrangling to get to the point of giving up & letting it do whatever it wanted, the Australian artist, writer & cartoonist Michael Leunig wrote a wonderful article back in 2010 about losing the plot, you can read it here

  5. Dana says:

    Beautiful! An illustration of transformation! I love the letting go.

  6. coloremartine says:

    Mo this drawing is so extraordinary, i cant stop looking at it… goes right into my heart!

  7. fiona says:

    What an amazing undertaking Mo – I am in awe of your deft skills that so perfectly capture the essence of all things. I am in awe as well of your gentle, time-honouring approach to the process; knowing that little by little it will be built and be beautiful. I wish you well along the way.

  8. handstories says:

    Oh . . .how this Became! There is such energy in it.

  9. yvette cals says:

    As if THE crow is letting go …let the wind rule..playing….feel the wildness of nature ( maybe a bit preoccupied with autumnstorms here while you are enjoying springbreezes…….what à strange togetherapart world)
    The process you describe seems very difficult timetaking and nervewrecking

    Good luck for you and old man crow…hope you

    • Mo Crow says:

      Hi Yvette!
      The good news is the plan scanner at Tillys didn’t hurt the drawing & only cost $10, the bad news is the scan wasn’t good enough!
      Ah well… my A4 scanner gives me such good clarity and depth of detail & it’s only 8 passes per image. I will stick a large sheet of acetate with an A4 grid marked exactly with wide enough overlaps to make the digital stitching easy onto the back of the drawing with precise location marks painted on the edge of the scanner & it will work just fine.
      So the next part of the process is let the drawings settle for a bit, then go back in, edit any really obvious glitches & start getting them into the computer which will take approximately 2-4 days per illustration, then add the text to each image, then it will be time to format the book in InDesign as a printable PDF & start talking to the printer by about September next year.
      I really need to do a spring clean this weekend, that will make a good place for a fresh start.

  10. How exciting to finally have them all finished! Congratulations on completing this phase of the project! This drawing is exquisite, as are the others in the series!

    • Mo Crow says:

      Hi Sharmon, looking forward to seeing them all again when I start editing as each drawing has been stacked with glassine interleaved in a folio since February 2011!

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