Good morning. How are you doing? Is the week treating you politely? I've been working away at the final book revisions. As you know, I'm hand-lettering all the pull quotes, which makes for a crampy right hand, and a growing callus on my middle finger. (I do it gladly in the pursuit of beauty, of course. :^) My publisher also asked that I redesign the layout of a few of the pages. Too much small type on too long a measure. They're not wrong, so I'll have to tackle it. (Dammit. :^)
Here is a close-up view of the first few pages of lettering:
This week's Monster is a simple creature---simple in the way it came out. Sometimes they just appear almost fully formed and need nothing more from me than a beak, a belly, and some tail feathers. But I'm sure that 115 has a rich inner life and a busy schedule. I'm counting on you to help me illuminate both. I can't wait to hear what you have to tell me:
You may remember that Monster 113 was a special Birthday Creature for Doyald Young. Many of you left birthday greetings for Doyald, and he just sent me this image by way of Thanks. Click on the image to download the PDF.
Two weeks from now I'm going to give a talk about the Monsters at the AIGA Conference in Denver as part of Steven Heller's Works in Progress: What We’re Working on Next session. I'm on at 11am on Friday, so if you're attending the conference, please come and say Hello. I'll only be at the event for my session and to host one of the Adobe Roundtables right afterwards, but even I have to make this one a hit-and-run, I still have some fun things planned for you. Why? Come on... you know why! Because 344 LOVES YOU