Book muse is as good as art muse. :)
You get the page set up just so - and it practically sings to your eyeballs when it's right.
Some of the pages, it's like pulling teeth from a wild animal very attached to their teeth to get there... the pictures want to compete instead of compliment, there's too much text. There's too little text. The words are the wrong length, so the paragraph looks jumpy. Then, some pages go together like inspiration, drag in three pictures, resize them each once, copy in the text and everything's already there, exactly where they should be... it's funny, it's punchy, it's easy to follow through the page, and all the art is playing nicely together.
The last page went together in the former manner, and that's a nice feeling. I'm through Weird Fruit, Gearworld, Pink Lizards, My Little Things (though I'm leaning on Ursula for another one, because the page doesn't really sing yet), Ads, Squash Kachina, and the bio, and now I'm poking at Donkeys and wondering how to open into the big-nosed guys.
A few stylistic questions for you in artbook preferences:
What single piece must not, under any circumstances, ever, be ommitted from Ursula's book?
Text and Artwork
Don't let text sully the art!
Small, discreet text is okay, anything else is garish
Text is part of the art, consider it thusly
Who cares about the art? The funny text is all I'll get the book for anyway
Sneak previews... (check all that apply)
You've already said too much! Hide them!
Show those pages! Lots of them!
Talk about them incessantly, but don't show any shots.
Show some of the pages, but keep some of the pages a surprise.
I'll be scanning the book and putting it only anyway.
I sort of want to see them, and sort of want to keep them a surprise.
Filter the sneak peaks!
Filter them and only let people who pre-order the book see them!
I want a hardcover limited edition, available on the side.
I won't be able to afford the book, but I will bat my eyes at people and ask for it for Christmas.
Ellen, you have the coolest job ever.
Can we preorder yet? Can we preorder yet?
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