Elephant Bus: Illustration


The original photos used for two of the various covers of Snapdragon Alley over the years came (with permission from the artist) from a blog post from gakuranman.com, specifically those from an old abandoned “elephant bus” he once found. This illustration is from a gimp project compositing a couple of those photographs


between the rocks and sky


sometimes you get lucky

here a photo from bean hollow is the bottom layer, desaturated and heightened contrast

added a photo of a bird in a tree with blue sky, opened as layer in gimp, and merged as ‘difference’ 100%

heightened contrast a bit more

the font is ‘stoned heights’

Cover Art: Renegade Robot


While biking around Christchurch I’ve been taking lots of photos of the city in its present state of near total instability, with the idea that some of these photos are going to be useful if not inspirational in the future. This brick block of a building is the only thing left standing on Wilmer Street between Montreal and Durham. I have no idea what it is or was used for, and I’m so curious what will happen to it, and that utterly ruined block, over time. Must return to Christchurch  someday!

The robot in this cover was hurriedly put together by my son after I gave him a home school assignment, and he couldn’t wait to get back to his Minecraft tutorial videos. I did modify the drawing a bit, then tweaked its opacity and then merged the grain of the layer into the brick building to give the idea of the robot “hiding in plain sight”. In the book, the robot looks nothing like this. In fact it is tiny and green and communicates by spitting out text on a tickertape from its oral opening.

Renegade Robot, by the way, is an entertaining little story. It was lots of fun to write.