Whew! At long last, the sketchbook has been sent off to the printer. It took a while navigating all the new stuff I am having to learn about book publishing/printing. But hey, now I will be more prepared to get it right the first time when it comes to getting the main "Book of Wizards" printed.
Here are the details: The sketchbook (entitled "Sean Andrew Murray - Sketchbook Collection Volume 01") is a collection of sketches from my sketchbook from the past 6 or 7 years. I tried to choose the best pages, but also choose pages that will give you some insight into how I work and think. Many of the sketches represent ideas that relate to Gateway, and many of them are the early sketches that eventually have developed into pieces for the "Book of Wizards".
It is nearly 100 pages long and will be available at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live in early May.
IF you happen to be attending SFAL, please stop by my booth and pick up your copy of the book, I will mark you off on a list that I will have with me. You can also pick up your prints at this point too!
If you are not attending the show, then my plan is to send it when the main "Book of Wizards" is done, since it will be more cost effective to send everything in one mailing. I will also make a PDF version available only to pledgers if you can't wait.
Let me know if you have any questions. Work on the main book continues apace. I am STILL aiming for late Summer, but it's possible it could slip into early Fall (August/September).
Speaking of which, since San Diego Comic-Con is out (3-year waiting list for booths!), and Dragon-Con is looking like it isn't going to work out (long story), I have now put in my request for a booth at the New York Comic-Con, which is in Early October. I feel good about this decision and I think it will be a great venue for the public unveiling of the book. More info on this as soon as I get confirmation of the booth. They have a strange system where you apply for the booth and wait on pins and needles to hear whether you get one or not.
Below is a peek at the cover for the sketchbook. More updates soon!