Sunday, March 24, 2013

A Change in Font Types

About a year ago I held a poll for you readers to vote on the lettering for the title on the cover of  The Fool's Illusion. The candidates were Twisted Roman and '70s psychedelic. Twisted Roman won. I tried Twisted Roman in my final sketch for the book cover. Unfortunately, it's not going to work. As I said for the past two posts, I am not a graphic art expert. I am not very mechanical with my art and so, as you may have noticed in the previous post, the lettering on the cover is not very balanced. I could probably make a good font by my own hand if given the time. But I have several projects going. Plus I work a day job. I'm going to have to use a pre-designed font which so far I've been leaning toward leander (see below). Leander comes closest to the theme of my book of short fiction. It's a kind of faded style that goes with the idea of illusions in that many illusions are optical or are visual projections and so can easily fade away.

But for those of you that voted, please don't think your votes were wasted. They weren't. They helped me put my cover into a greater perspective and to decide what types of fonts would work and what types wouldn't. In other words, your votes and the resulting election were stepping stones to my final decision of what font to go with. And I thank you all greatly for them, regardless of what font you voted for.

I'm going to be very busy this week preparing my book for publication because, as you probably can see, I'm running very behind on it. What's really pushing me to get hussling on it though is that I'm scheduled to sell copies of it at a reading in Sacramento next month. I'll have the details for you next week.

Until then . . .

--Steven Rose, Jr.

Leander font for The Fool's Illusion book cover
Photo Credit: Steven Rose, Jr.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sac-Con, the Fool's Facebook Page and Gaiman's Tweet Tales

Warning: This post may contain content or links to content considered to be obscene/objectionable by some viewers.

A completed drawing of the cover to The Fool's Illusion. The final version will be digitally enhanced.
Photo Credit: Steven Rose, Jr.

Another Sac-Con comic book and collectors' show is coming tomorrow (Sunday) here in Sacramento. I will be there and have book marks of The Fool's Illusion at the information table, so if you're in the area, please swing by and pick up a free book mark! It's at the Scottish Rite Center. Admission is only $6 a person (children 8 and under are free) and if you decide to go with the early bird special you can get in at 9 a.m. (regular start time is 10 a.m.) for $10 and receive a free Sac-Con bag!  Here's the link for more details:

I was going to make an addition to the book marks. The original copies I made for December's Movies On A Big Screen have the Far Out Fantastic blog address on them. Here's the new news: I was trying to put the address to my new Facebook page for the book on the book marks as well, but I was in so much of a rush to run off copies at the local Office Depot thinking they closed at 5 (it was about a half hour to four when I was trying to make the additions) that I didn't have time to figure out how to add it. Again, I'm not a digital graphic art expert, so I'm a little rusty on the software. But you can visit the new Fool's Illusion Facebook page where you'll find the latest updates there as well as here and possibly more photos and illustrations for the book. So please visit it, leave your comments and Like and follow the page.

I'm now in the process of adding digital effects to the book cover. It's taking me a little longer than anticipated because the desktop publishing software that I have is outdated (it's Pro Publisher 2.0, an ancient old thing) and so it is not very efficient. So I had to download a photo editing app which I am learning to use as I go but am getting the hang of it. Bear in mind, the cover will not be digitally dominated since, to me as an artist, depending 100 percent on digital software to make art is insulting. I believe in freehand art, mechanical/digital art only for commercial lettering. So the figures will be 100 percent the work of yours truly and none of the computer's.

Author Neil Gaiman has been doing a really neat writing project of short stories. He's not only basing each story on the months of the year but is producing them partly through the use of Twitter. It's a kind of crowdsourcing project where he tweets questions based on each month and other Twitter users respond and he develops each story from selected responses. I read his first of these calendar tales, as he calls them, "January". It was really neat. It's one of the few science fiction stories he does. (He writes mostly fantasy, particularly modern fantasy.) It involves time travel. Now he's tweeting questions to fellow Tweeters to do paintings for each story. So you might want to check those out too. There's some really far out ones there!

I'll leave you with that.

Until next time . . .

--Steven Rose, Jr.