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Friday, Mar. 04, 2005 - 2:42 a.m.

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Leo's Dog is DONE!!

I know it seems unbelievable. But I think I am finished the Leo's Dog book. How can that be?

OK OK I have to do one tiny spot of a dogcollar in greytones only for the inside cover motif.

But I have finished the colors. Finished the white dots on the eyes and erasing the pencil bits and did the pencil outlining where necessary, and tried to pick off all the eraser crottes.

I think I hate working on Arches watercolor paper for contracts. Yes it is easier in that it absorbs more and I have to pay less attention for the edges of paint that dry before I want them to when doing washes.

But it erases like shit. Pencil just goobles into the fibers. When you erase, the paper gets sort of fuzzy, so little eraser bits stick to it, like cat hair to a velvet sofa. ACK! So I have been going over and over with one of them kneadable charcoal erasers trying to pick up the bits of erased paper that insist on being velcroed to the paintings. ACK!

And the other thing is that it curls insanely. I suppose you are supposed to wet it. Then stretch it down onto a board with that watersoluble butchers tape. And let it dry. And then it will dry flat when you work on it. As if I have 32 bloody boards to put all the pages on, and as if I have space on my drawing table for 32 boards while I work on the drawings til I cut them off, dried and finished. ACK. So they are curled like a stack of huge toenail clippings from the Jolly Green Giant. So annoying. I hope to hell they can flatten them enough when scanning them. A friend suggested I iron them. The thought frankly freaks me out. Iron my two months of finished work. What if the iron leaks water onto them? Or I singe them, or smear some pencil or whatever. ACK!

OK enough of the ACK. I will now spray them with fixative, do the little greytone spot, scan them all into the puter, put on protective papers, wrap them for Fedex... well the whole "post-painting" schtick.

You know what? They aren't what I envisioned by about three and a quarter kilometers, but they're still presentable. Not half bad. Not the next Governor General's Award, but ok to be printed.

For anyone who wants a book about a guy who detests dogs and tries to kill the one who adopts him. hehe. Cheery stuff. It is not often you get to draw a children's book about someone who tries to kill a dog and nearly drowns himself. Excellente I tell ya.

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