Hobo Hutch and the Power of a Tweet

Hobo Hutch

For author, fellow podcaster and friend, J.C. Hutchins. Why? Because he's awesome, plus not anyone can pull off the double kitten hat stack.

OK. So, there's a bit more of a story to this piece than that.

Once upon a time... Seriously though, I think it was something like January when J.C. made a comment on Twitter that he felt/looked like a hobo. As I'm not one to let such a fun image slip quietly into the night, I mentioned I'd be interested in bringing the aforementioned image to life. Following a brief exchange of DMs (or direct messages for you non-Twitter folk), the idea was agreed upon with gusto.

Fast forward a few months... er... half a year later. While I had been poking at the image off and on during the interim, I had a vague notion that it had been a while since I had last touched the piece, but I didn't realize how ridiculously long it had been. I made it a point to finish. Needless to say, looking back at the start date, I'm a bit embarrassed. I'm a slow worker, but definitely not THAT slow. It was mostly due to procrastination on my part. At any rate, it's done and I love how it turned out. It still makes me giggle when I look at it, and in my books, that's a job well done.

And that is why Twitter rocks, because without it, this probably would have never happened. The end. :)


Technical Details Medium: Pencil (2B, HB) Paper: Bristol Physical Size: 8.5in X 11in

PfK Cover Illustration: Breakdown

The Backstory: Please see the first PfK cover I did, Rekindling Old Friendships. The Process: For this piece I tried out a slighty distorted wide angle perspective. The main reason was that there were several key aspects that Mur wanted me to include, but I felt that I needed to maintain a sense of distance - especially between Light of Mornings and Keepsie.

Again, I tightened up the pencils before proceeding on to the inking. And, yet again I neglected to scan that step.

After finishing the inks, I scanned them into the computer, cleaned them up and started to apply the colors. This one took longer to color than some of the others since there were a lot of different colors. I first applied the base color. Then I went back and applied shading, gradients, and glow. There was some extra details I worked in digitially with the dead duck and the water. I also applied a color mask to the line art to change the color of it in certain spots (LoM, the water, etc.).

After doing LoM glow, I began to wonder if it was too much. When in doubt contact the person who's vision you are trying to capture. After a quick email exchange, Mur assured me that it was fine. :)


Additional Information: If you would like to see the über-sized version of this piece along with the PfK text and issue title added (J.C. Hutchins did a wonderful job integrating the image with the text, as always), you can download it here. On a side note, I was a bit worried that I didn't leave enough space for the title at the bottom of the image. However, J.C., being the creative genius that he is, made it work out beautifully.

PfK 13 PDF

If you are interested in listening to this story, the first episode can be downloaded for free at Playing for Keeps or at Podiobooks.com. Or if you would rather read the story, go download the free PDF or purchase the book.

Technical Details Medium: Mixed Media (misc. black artist pens, PhotoshopCS2) Paper: Bristol Physical Size: 8.5in X 11in Digital Size: 8.5in X 11in @ 300dpi