I didn’t go into the workshop yesterday. Instead, I watched the rain come down and I baked, decorated my room and moved furniture. I didn’t think about the workshop… It is always fine.

But I had underestimated the amount of rain. The amount of damp. If I’d looked in the mirror I may have had an inkling of the humidity, big hair doesn’t even cover it, but I didn’t. Instead, I carried on with my day.

Then this morning I walked into the workshop and disaster…

I have been working on an ink painting for the cover of ‘Here Be Dragons’, a kid’s novel, and it was there, just as I’d left it but it was buckled…

I had stretched the paper but it had made no difference. It was bumpy and ruined. I can’t stretch it again because I’d done work on it already with a water-soluble ink. For a moment I despaired. I’d put so much work in. And then I realised I could scan it. So I did. Leaning on the lid of the scanner so that it would show the bobbles…


This is a wrap-around cover so it is designed to go around the book. Luckily the bumps didn’t show. The next step was the learn fast how to work with it in my paint program…

It took some trial and error but it is really getting there. And I am pleased that it is working as well as it is. In fact I have a feeling that I couldn’t get the same look from using a traditional medium. So here it is so far:

jimmy cover1.

I’m not saying I am the best at digital drawing but so far I am pleased with how it is looking. I’m just a little sad that the original is bumpy… I’m trying to flatten it but I’m not holding my breath.

2 thoughts on “Disaster!

  1. I believe there is an album by the group Genesis from the seventies where the cover was an oil painting and, whilst it was drying, a fly got stuck on it. The artist (Paul Whitehead) was not happy – but they left it there, the artwork was created and it is now a little piece of Rock history. Perhaps the same applies here?! I hope you are happy with the enforced change of medium! 🙂

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