An Eric Dolphy Summer
Good morning, Dolphyites!
Thought maybe you’d like a brief update on how I’m spending my summer. While you’re outside getting a tan or catching a wave, I’m at home having a ball working on my labor of love, “Eric Dolphy: His Life and Art”.
Research has been a big part of the process and is ongoing. There are only a few useful books on Dolphy available, so I have had to rely on various magazine pieces, internet articles, personal anecdotes, and academic writing as well. But the challenge is to have Eric emerge as a person, not historical figure (I’ll leave that to others) – a living, breathing artist and human being on a compelling personal journey. At a proposed 74 pages, I won’t be able to touch on every significant musical event in his life (and there were many), but I hope to create a personal interpretation that is entertaining and emotional.
I’m well into the drawing stage, sketching out layouts. I work from a partial script, updating as I go along. After laying or loosely sketching out each page, I draw them in tightly in pencil, ink them with a pen or brush, and scan them in the computer, where I add color in Photoshop. It is a long, slow moving process, which requires plenty of visual reference and research as well.
But the important thing is I’m having fun and enjoying the work, angling hard to meet my deadline!
Best to you this sunny season,
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May 17, 2011 - Jul 16, 2011 (60 days)
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My humble thanks, and the happy knowledge you’ve just helped out a really nice guy. Plus, your name will be in the printed book in the acknowledgments.
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A free copy of my graphic novel, signed. Plus, your name will be in the printed book in the acknowledgments.
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All of the above, plus a signed snappy little sketch of Eric Dolphy (approximately 4X6), and a signed copy of the Jazz Appreciation Month painting that I created for the Smithsonian. PLUS, A cool postcard (5' X 7') with a boss drawing of Eric Dolphy signed by me. Suitable as an ultra-funky bookmark or mail it to friends and let 'em know what it's like in Coolsvile.
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All of the above, plus an original FRAMED WATERCOLOR PAINTING of Eric Dolphy. The painting will be approximately 11x17 inches.
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You will get an "Extra Special Thanks" credit in the my graphic novel right under the main credits, two copies of the book And an original framed watercolor painting of ANY JAZZ MUSICIAN OF YOUR CHOOSING. The painting will be approximately 22x28 inches. You will get an "Extra Special Thanks" credit in the my graphic novel right under the main credits, two copies of the book And an original framed watercolor painting of ANY JAZZ MUSICIAN OF YOUR CHOOSING. The painting will be approximately 22x28 inches.