Here’s a quick painting. When we get down, or depressed we tend to miss things. Sometimes big, interesting things. It’s rainy season here in Oregon. Have to be careful not to get down and miss what’s happening out a different window..so to speak.
I’m fortunate to be taking part in a children’s book illustration show at the Multnomah County Library in December! This is sponsored by The SCBWI an organization I have been a member of since 1932. OK. That’s not true. It was about 1950 I joined…OK, OK not true. But I have been a member since the 20th century. That I can say.
I think there are 11 or 12 illustrators in the show and there is an opening reception where the illustrators fight it out with pencils until there’s only one illustrator left standing. Then we all have tea.
The show looks at the work that goes into making a book. So we will have sketches and development work on display as well as some finished art.
This is more ‘story-booky’ than I usually do. It’s inspired from less a kids book than a short story I was playing around with. But now I really do need to get back to deadline work. So much for letting my creative side run amok. Click on it to make it bigger.
Not a cat, a bear or a lion. He’s just Mr. Rare to you and I.
I work digitally. So I have no final art on paper. I have sketches that I scan. But that’s about it. There is little of my work that exists in non-digital reality other than the finished project – a book usually.
Recently my archive back-up drive failed.
Now – the projects I am currently working on are backed up on two drives and a third drive every two weeks. I would never risk a book in progress on one drive.
But completed projects – I was lazy. I just wrote them off to a large 2 terabyte drive. And there they sat. Until click-click-click. The sound of a hard drive dying.
I rescued about 3 files before the drive stopped working at all.
Now I need to decide if it’s worth getting a data rescue. There’s a great place in Portland that pointed me in the right direction and at a good cost. (more on the details later!) But I’m trying to remember what exactly is on the drive and is it worth spending a grand or so to ‘get it back’?
The biggest directory is – all of Earthling!. All of it. The high res line art, the color pages. The roughs. The Adobe Illustrator text pages. All 250 plus pages. I have the book, it’s printed. But what is the value to me of those digital files?
I have 3 older published picture books archived on there to. When I say I have a ‘book on there’ what I mean is the original files. The multilayered Photoshop files.
The publishers get final flattened 300dpi files from me. But I work at 600dpi, and when I finish a book I export a new set of flat files at 300 for the publisher. But I keep those crazy, 25 layered Photoshop files. I’m not sure why I do. Perhaps I feel like if there is an issue I have those high-res files that I can easily manipulate. But do they matter?
I think there are also old animation development files, animated shorts in progress, picture book dummies that haven’t sold and some family pictures which I think I have backed up elsewhere.
Digital loss. Are their grieving steps for that?
It’s that time a year here in Oregon. The grey is here. The rain is back. And being inside at a cozy keyboard, or with a blanket and a sketchbook (Can call a keyboard cozy? That’s for another post.) make for plenty of time to get writing and drawing. I was taking some pictures for reference the other morning and this reminded me of what the next 5 months will be.