Okay, here's a picture that actually WILL be appearing in the book! I completed two Joy Division pictures last night and knocked this one out this evening; a bit of a 'pointless suicides' week I suppose...
Another one of my favourite artists who won't be appearing in the book!
Oh yeah, I sold a copy of the book today. 'How is that possible?' I hear you cry, 'It's not even finished yet!' Well, I'm putting the book up as a presell on ebay, the limited edition signed and numbered first printing of 1000 copies, check it out here.
Okay, so much for my 'week off'! I decided it was high time I created the cover for the B side of the book so here it is! I drew and inked the Peel picture this evening...
You can flip the A side over and then read side B side! Clever, eh?
I got a very nice email from Boff of Chumbawamba with his contribution to the book. Hopefully I'll get a few more bespoke star quotes before the deadline is up. I might bring the release date forward to 30th August (Peel's birthday) instead of waiting for December...watch this space!
Yay! Back to the drawing. I've had this sitting uninked on my drawing table since the end of February. Finally inked it this morning. The background was done in photoshop from the original photo (I hate drawing backgrounds but as Skreen says, the Thames barrier does look splendid in this shot)
I've decided to take a break from the book for a week. Working a full time job and then coming home and working on this until bedtime has been taking its toll on me, 'burning the candle at both ends' and all that. I've got a couple of weeks holiday coming up so I should get a shedload of drawing done in that time. Later!
As I now only have two pages left to write before I begin the daunting task of proofreading, editing and formatting the text portion of the book, I thought I'd treat you all (all two of you!) to another picture that won't be appearing in the book.
I've written the pages up to number 20 for the millennium chart now, but it's going to be hard going from here because so many of the entries are by the same bands. What else can I say about Joy Division and New Order?? I'm also in sonstant pain at the moment due to a recurring cyst under my left armpit (too much information? Just try living with it, it's bloody horrible!) The email replies for contributions to the book seemt o have dried up, although Skreen from the Cuban Boys has expressed his support again so that's nice. Okay, it's Friday night, time for a few beers...
I've spent this evening collating all the sources for the quotes I've used for side A of the book, boring but necessary.
Now to get cracking with the writing for side B (I'll explain in a later post!) starting with Pavement's All Time Festive fifty entry at number 50 and working my way up to the number 1 track! I can't wait to get back to the drawing side of things at the beginning of April!
I'm busy writing the text parts of the book and the whole thing is looking more and more like autobiography relating to the Festive Ffity! I didn't intend it, but that's the way it's shaping up. Here's another page.
I've tried a number of different page set ups and this seems to work best. I was originally going to use the Typewriter font throughout the book, but it looked unprofessional (more like a fanzine) so I've opted for good old Arial as the font.
David Gedge just emailed me say he would be more than happy to write the introduction to the book!
I've been designing and redisigning pages all day and have now decided that there will be no text on the portrait picture pages; all text will now appear on each facing page with band name, song, chart position and quotes.
Proposed page layouts. On the left, will be my portrait of the band/artist. I've not decided yet whether to keep the text below the picture or to save all the text for the facing page. The book itself will be 7"x7" because of my love of the 7" single format.
I've sent out emails to as many of the bands/artists as I could, requesting a quote for the book; either their thoughts on John Peel himself or their reaction to being voted to the number one spot (or the All Time Festive Fifty from 2000). The quotes will appear on the facing page from the portrait along with the record cover and some of my own observations and personal memories.
My intention with the book is not a trainspotting analysis or series of lists and stats. However, my main focus will be the Number One entries and the All Time Festive Fifty from 2000. I find it interesting that a number of songs that were voted to the number one spot didn't appear in the All Time Festive Fifty, the Jesus And Mary Chain being a good example of this.
I spent the first 2 months of this year drawing 50+ pictures of artists that have appeared in the Festive Fifty. This month, I have decided to dedicate my time to designing and formatting the book as well as the embarking on the difficult task of trying to get quotes from as many Festive Fifty related bands as possible. So far, I've had replies from Cuban Boys, Jello Biafra, and Culture (the latter 2 through a third party).