Wahoo! As of Saturday, I finished the final tweaks to the manuscript and last four illustrations for my CHARACTER MENTOR book!! It will come out around February of 2012 from Focal Press publishers.
I'm excited about you all seeing this book. After 2 to 2 and a half years of working on it, I'm excited to hold it in MY hands too! Many of you here on DA contributed artwork toward the assignments that I posted here. As a matter of fact, this book really could not have had the "interactive" feel that it will have without DeviantArt and the amazing, talented, artists here! Everyone that I gave notes on their artwork will be named in the book and their artwork will be reproduced for all to see! I thank you all. I ALSO thank those of you who created artwork that I could not use! Some of it was heart breaking not to include, but there just wasn't room or I didn't have the time to review them all. The good news: this book will be thicker, more meaty in text and artwork, and (in my opinion) more well drawn than my first book, "Creating Characters with Personality". Even the graphic design of the fonts, page layouts and more should be better! I've asked Focal Press to use Leonardo Olea, a graphic artist in Mexico that works with Humberto Ramos and others quite a bit. He's awesome and super excited to work on the book. I've seen his first pass on the cover image and its GREAT! Can't wait to see his first pass on the interiors. I will post the cover when I get permission from the publisher. Of course, I' will give updates to all of you as they come in. There is a pre-order page on Amazon.com already! Its here: [link]
The OTHER exciting element to this book that I want to mention is the website! We are just now starting to discuss what will be on it, but I have big plans for it! It will, of course, tie into the book but my hope is that it will also become a place for me to post additional "mentorship" instruction. Maybe even some back and forth interaction with you all. Definetly, some "how to" videos from me - something I've been meaning to do for some time. AND....maybe, just maybe...the beginning of some online classes from me! Let me know what you think should be on this website and what you'd be willing to pay for- if anything.
I'll let you know more about all of this as things develop. IT STARTS NOW!