First Proof

Posted: December 17, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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crow book first proof 1Pure Colours Digital Imaging finished the first proof for The illustrated lyrics of Old Man Crow
crow book first proof 2the weight & texture of the paper is perfect
crow-book-first-proof 2the details and deep blacks are working
crow book first proof 3crow book first proof 4crow book first proof 7next step is die cutting the leather grain card for the covers with
the Old Man Crow logo on the front,
wing edged wrap and crow foot on the back

first-proofsome tweaking is needed for edge bleed but the gutter is working much better than I could get with
printing & cropping by hand out of my A3 printer
Click here to see the prototype This is getting so very real!

  1. Wow Mo this looks amazing.

  2. dinahmow says:

    Coming together beautifully, Mo.

  3. Eliene says:

    I can see you doing a ‘happy dance’ with the completed book held close to the heart Mo…….not long now. I sooooo love the winged cover you have planned.

  4. Gorgeous Mo. It looks beautiful.

  5. handstories says:

    Oh, my goodness, Mo… beautiful! So very excited for you both!

  6. Carol says:

    Sooooo exciting, Mo, to see it at this stage. It’s really real! Lots to do before September but how very satisfying it must be for you both. ((((Mo&Rod))))

  7. sue says:

    looks amazing. the artwork is fantastic.

  8. How exciting! It is a gorgeous creation.

  9. Julie Banks says:

    Great to see this amazing work progressing- can’t wait to see the finished result!

  10. ravenandsparrow says:

    Everything is looking so fantastic! I can hardly wait. What a major effort.

    • Mo Crow says:

      thanks (((Dana))) haven’t been able to look at it really closely yet but will spend a few days over the xmas break triple checking every page and making notes for the fine tuning

  11. Such excitement! You must be hugging yourself, and each other to stop yourselves flying off in a flurry of joy!

  12. margaret johnson says:

    Looking absolutely gorgeous you two!! A real labour of Love and I’m so pleased for you both OX
    Finally had a chance to post your little gift yesterday. Marg ox

  13. Linda says:

    It is beautiful..
    when will it go on sale?

  14. coloremartine says:

    Oh Mo this looks fabulous…………..Will they be for sale?

  15. dotti says:

    Fabulous and amazing to see such attention to create the best! Love it!

  16. nadia says:

    Hey, Mo. Finally got a chance to stop by. I’m in the middle of orange season and this year I’m doing the picking myself–which I like to do because it keeps me physically fit and I talk to my trees. But farming is a time-consuming job…Wonderful book you’ve created; beautiful illustrations and I like the idea of a wife-husband project. You are quite a unique couple! Also loved your flame tree stitching (gorgeous) and thanks for posting about Junko Oki’s book. I’m a fan of her work as well–crazy stuff! I wish I could come to Australia and visit you, however, it’s looking like I’ll have to go to Paris again (for all the wrong reasons…such is life). Have a happy holiday season! Wishing you a wonderful creative New Year, too!

  17. cristina says:

    Oh, how cool is that!

  18. Anita says:

    This is magnificent, Mo. You must be so pleased and proud. I so love the white on black illustration. Anita.

    • Mo Crow says:

      Hi Anita Candlelight was drawn with graphite & conté on Saunders Waterford H/P 425 gsm watercolour paper then inverted in Photoshop to good effect, Beauty & The Road to Malabar were drawn in 5H graphite, painted in white gouache with a triple “ooo” Winsor & Newton Series 7 brush & detailed with pen and ink on Somerset black watercolour paper

      • Anita says:

        Oooh, thanks for the info. It was Candlelight that caught my eye. Have never thought of inverting a drawing… very interesting effect. Beautiful drawing.

  19. vdbolyard says:

    very exciting to see something so close!

    • Mo Crow says:

      have finished the editing, bookmarked the proof with the necessary small changes for bleed, made a print out of the notes & one file change on the thumb drive for our next with the printer on Wednesday, looking forward to seeing the die-cut covers!

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