‘Pencils and Process’ Book is Out Now
It feels weird to say this, but I finished writing a book…and it’s actually published and available now! The book is called Pencils and Process, and it’s available via Amazon and Barnes and Noble. It may be coming to some other retailers like Books-a-Million too, but I’m not sure when. For the non-Amazon angle, I’m using Ingram as my distributor and there are lots of possibilities with their network. The eBook version is only on Amazon right now, but paperback and hardcover are everywhere it’s sold.
Here are some links to where I’ve confirmed it’s available now:
The title and subtitle pretty well capture what it’s about I think. But overall, the book covers my experiences of the past two years, getting reacquainted with drawing and learning new techniques through practice. The book starts with some background and a brief discussion of my old artwork. Then, it gets into my decision to draw again, the use of grids, and my first attempts at using color. The book takes a break from chronology to discuss the concepts of heavy layering and burnishing using colored pencils (“colored pencil painting”), then gets back into the progression. Towards the end, there are chapters dedicated to sources of inspiration and miscellaneous tips/advice.
Although many lessons were learned simply from the experience of repeatedly creating art, I also have to thank artists on WordPress for their freely shared advice and encouragement. It means a lot to receive feedback from skilled, professional artists, as well as learn from what they’re up to on their own blogs. There are literally dozens I could list; thank you to Hilda Rogers, As Much Cake As You Want, Steve Kidd, Blu-Art, Anna Pishko, Christine Mallaband-Brown, Ionas Bakas, Suzy Walker-Toye, Outside Authority, Pamela Wagner, Claire Brach, and many others. I’ve written about some of them before, but I feel it’s appropriate to tip my hat again.
As I’ve mentioned previously, I really enjoy experimenting with new things. When something catches my interest, it’s quite fun to research and then attempt whatever that is. There are many examples over the years, but some fairly recent ones include building a Raspberry Pi device, trying out a digital drawing tablet, and even putting together this website. Writing a book was another of those experiments, and I’m glad to say the experience was a good one. In fact, I enjoyed it so much, I’m already thinking about writing another! At some point, I think I’ll put together an in-depth post about the publishing experience through KDP and Ingram.
A final note if you’re thinking about buying: I changed the list price today to $9.99 ebook, $24.99 paperback, $34.99 hardcover. So if you see it for higher than that anywhere, just wait until the price updates. I haven’t seen the prices update yet today, so if they haven’t changed, I would probably wait a bit. Book pricing is really interesting; Barnes and Noble
So, if anyone reading is interested in checking it out, I hope you enjoy! Also, I would appreciate any feedback you decide to leave in reviews on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. I will definitely read them, so thanks in advance for any comments you have. The commentary is useful for future reference, but search rankings and whatnot are tied in some way to reviews, so it helps in multiple ways.