Alec's Animal Alphabet

Thu 12/6/2007

Man, it has been one heck of a week! I pretty much have not left my apartment since Monday, because I have been trying to finish up my Animal Alphabet project. It has been taking forever! Finally, last night I got so frustrated with it, that I decided to pull an all-nighter to finish it off. I've been up for 25 hours as I write this, and I'm exhausted, but the book is DONE and I am really proud of it!

I finished the paintings about a week ago, but I still had to finish painting all the lettering for the alphabet, then shoot everything (using Aaron's roommate John's camera--thanks John!!!) then do COLOR CORRECTIONS on each painting and then lay everything out and set all the type "by hand" (even though it was still in the computer), etc. etc. Jeesh!

I emphasize "color corrections" above, because Aaron came over the other night and REALLY showed me how to correct the color on a photograph (he is an old pro, from years of working at a commercial photo studio). I thought I knew Photoshop pretty well, but this session took things to a whole new level! Consider my mind completely blown Mr. Renier!

Anyways, I sent away for the first proof copy of the book from which should take about a week to get here. Once I see that everything looks okay, I will make the book available for ordering.

IN THE MEANTIME, I am now officially selling the original paintings on a first come, first serve basis. I talked to a bunch of other artists to try and set the price, and I'm charging what I think these paintings are worth, but I also understand that a lot of people wouldn't be able to afford what I'm asking...

SO, I am also going to use to make some nice prints of each painting (8" x 10"?) That way ANYONE can get one! This will also help with multiple people who want the same painting, which has already happened like three times!

All kinds of other crazy, REALLY IMPORTANT, REALLY COOL professional stuff happened to me this week, but I can't really talk about most of it... Anyways, I am keeping super busy and things are good! I should have some other cool stuff to post soon! :)

6 comments on this entry


Those are incredibly cute.

Marcos Dec06

I'm very very tempted to get that hedgehog painting for my friend Nadezhda (aka Nahedgehog) but I will have to settle for getting her the print when it's available. I hope you'll keep us all posted when the prints are up for sale! I will totally buy the hedgehog one.

Liz Dec07

Alec - you have got the Grandmas in the palm of your hand with this. Not your run of the mill alphabet book - and I have looked at lots!

Gabe's Mom Dec07

I almost started to cry when I saw the Jellyfish one was already "SOLD!"---yeah, YOU seem happy about it. I continued down the page and saw that other possible runners-up were also "SOLD! SOLD! SOLD!" and I kept hearing your voice holler it out like an auctioneer. These are really beautiful.
"SOLD! To the girl in California!"

L Dec08

Thanks Pat! That's a high compliment coming from you. :)

Don't worry Liz (and LNS) I will keep you all posted when the book and prints are available. It should be just a few more days, as I just need to check the proof copy, which is on its way!

Alec Dec08

Darn! I wish I could get the hedgehog too. I'll get a print though, when they're available. Nice work, Alec!

Arlene Dec09

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