My partner, Izzy, wrote a book. It was her first and hopefully the first of many! The book is titled ‘101 Short Steps to Radiance’ and will be released in November 2011. Part of the book sales will be contributed to the school at Sun Peaks, BC. I, for one, am looking forward to getting my copy and hopefully having it signed! Izzy asked me to help with concept and design, plus produce an image for the cover. I was so happy to be asked and to be a part of her project. We sat down and threw ideas back and forth until I had picked out all the bits that I needed, mocked up a reference image to get it to match what was in head, and this was the approved result. The relaxed, serene figure on the dock is, of course, the author herself. I felt so relaxed painting this that I often had to take a break and have a nap!
The piece is on canvas board 16″ x 19.5″. I used createx water based acrylics and all 3 of my airbrushes, the HP-BCS for large coverage, my HP-C and HP-AH for detailing. I prepared the board with about 4 coats of thick gesso paint, then sanded it smooth. I didn’t really want the canvas texture to show on this piece, but didn’t want to use illustration board either. The smoother surface allowed me to get a better edge with no paint bleed on my masks.
Here is the finalised cover layout, as it will appear on the book itself. The image shows the front and back covers, plus the spine. The book is now available to purchase through Amazon. Just click here get your copy!
Limited Edition Print runs are limited to 100 on Canvas and 295 on heavy Art Paper. Each limited edition print is signed by the Artist and includes an authenticity document.