stories and illustration

The Midnight Hare pages 20 and 21



August 2, 2017 - Posted by | Art, Illustration, Painting, Uncategorized | , , , ,


  1. It’s coming well Cara, is this the final rendering? Why is there a border on one but not the other? Just wish I could enlarge the images to view them better ūüôā


    Comment by clinock | August 5, 2017 | Reply

    • No, John, this is a print-out at 300dpi (final images 600dpi on pdf) that I am doing to set up a copy of the book for the printer’s information. Each page is slightly different, some have borders, some are to the edge of the page. This has been a difficult thing for me to sort out – I could still have borders on opposite pages, but I reduced the picture on the left – in this instance I wanted a break between the two images as they are rather similar, and I wanted the one on the left to recede. Does the mixture of styles worry your eye? I’m very interested in your comments. This page is in a sense a central image, so it is slightly different to other images in the book. The book is slightly eccentric in its format, but I have given it some thought, especially as my son said self-published books are inclined to have dodgy margins!


      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | August 5, 2017 | Reply

  2. Cara, I know nothing about book design. In fact I gave up trying to self-publish a book because it was all too complicated for my right brain. I understand you want to place a border (fence) around one image because it’s too similar to the other. You ask if it worries my eye, yes, it does. My instinct says to separate these two pages, which share so much, not with a border but with another image that acts like a pause, the sky above the action for instance, or an extreme close-up of Milo’s face, or just expressionistic colours indicating conflict. But anyway, just playing tennis with ideas…you know what you’re doing

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    Comment by clinock | August 8, 2017 | Reply

    • John – For some reason I have only just read this comment, but your earlier question must have sparked something in my mind, because just now I put the two images together, and I think they work much better (I have put the new version under the old version in the blog). I am really grateful to you for taking the trouble to come back to me about this, I am moving ideas around in my mind all the time – the bliss of computers – and so am able to contrast and compare continually. I agree with you about the border, though I am not sure I am going to do another complete image; however I do think putting more blue at the top of the left hand image would work to separate the two pictures. The other thing I hadn’t taken into account was that the division in the book itself would in any case separate the images sufficiently. I don’t have any close-ups in the book, I have looked at the pictures as if they were on a stage. Thank you so much for your considered comment, it was really good of you to take the time, I think you are absolutely right. PS Where you live sounds beautiful.


      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | August 13, 2017 | Reply

  3. You’re most welcome Cara. I know from experience that when one becomes utterly and completely absorbed in a creative project it sometimes helps to get feedback from ‘outside’.
    Yes, it is beautiful on the north-west Pacific Coast of Canada. I feel lucky to have made a life here.


    Comment by clinock | August 15, 2017 | Reply

    • Your comments were so useful, John, Yes, sometimes one is so close to something that it is difficult to see it! This project has fretted me more than any other, even though I am used to setting up images and print. I am enjoying your website, by the way….

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      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | August 15, 2017 | Reply

      • Thank you Cara


        Comment by clinock | August 15, 2017

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