Monday, November 12, 2012

I'm drawing characters. This time it's Andy.

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Because it was so snowy outside my window this weekend here in Utah, I decided to finish a pencil drawing I started a month or so ago of Andy Callahan who makes his appearance in "Oculus." So this is what I think he looks like. In the last third of the book, there's a part where Jordan spends Thanksgiving with Andy at his parent's home in the Hamptons, which is surrounded by woods. It snows and interesting things happen. And yes, I really like writing about the children of the 1% (because let's face it peeps...the 1% live a lifestyle I will never know).

Thanks for all the support regarding the "Oculus" cover reveal. For those of you who indicated interest in being part of my blog tour, I sent all your contact information to my publicist, Roxanne Rhoades, who is helping me set it up. I just got overwhelmed with individual emails, the book getting plopped in my lap, and planning my business trip to the Consumer Electronics Show on January 5th.

Between that and trying to figure out what to do, I just realized I could use some assistance. Roxanne previously helped Ciara Knight which made me think, if Ciara got help from this lady that's good enough for me. Plus she was uber affordable. I was like, "OMG, I spend that kind of money on one meal out with friends. So totally worth it."

So if you get an email from Roxanne about scheduling, please don't toss it. She's just helping me. Things are super busy at work too. And look at it this way, with her helping me, my visiting to your blogs shouldn't diminish because I'll have time to do so now. :)

Thanks everyone. Have a great Monday.

41 comments:

L.G. Keltner said...

Your art is amazing. I love it!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nice job with the shading.
Won't toss the email if I get one.

J.L. Campbell said...

Andy looks like he has some issues. Sensible move to get help if it frees time to do other stuff. Have a good week.

Cindy said...

I'm glad to hear you're not paying too much for blog tour help. I've seen some sites charging WAY too much for that.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

You're so multi talented. Your covers are terrific and I like having them on my blog. Good luck with the blog tour.

Brinda said...

I love all the textures and movement in your drawing!

Laura Eno said...

What awesome artwork! You're very talented.

Elise Fallson said...

Great work on Andy. Definitely sounds like you made the right decision getting help with the tour.

PT Dilloway, Superhero Author said...

Ooh, a publicist and a business trip. You are living large now.

Adam said...

great drawing

L.G.Smith said...

Embiggen? :D

Cool drawing. It was snowy here this weekend too.

Sarah Ahiers said...

Love the drawing! As usual;)

Andrew Leon said...

Good job on the feet! Seriously. Some professional artist (Liefeld) don't do feet so well.

mooderino said...

I'd like a Roxanne to help me. Not with publicity, just with life.

Great artwork.

mood

Richard said...

What good drawing. I'm impressed. As you might remember, I'm taking drawing lessons right now. I've got a long way to go to draw as well as you do. I hope you plan on illustrating some of your books.

Stephen Hayes said...

I find it interesting that so many writers also draw. Both pursuits must use the same side of the brain.

Susan Oloier said...

Michael, That sketch is beautiful! You're multi-talented.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Michael,

Great mood in this piece. It's amazing how much we have in common. Not too many writer's can illustrate too!

Congrats on your new book and the cover is awesome. I a bit late.... As usual, time slips away from me. Lost in remodels, sewing window treatment and pillows, keeping up with blogger friends, and work. Not enough time. Never enough time.

Keep up the good work Michael. You can do it. Life is challenging and you seem to be up for it! It's great that your talent takes you in so many different directions... another thing we have in common.

Deborah Walker said...

Hey that's great. I really admire artists. Seeing as I can't draw for toffee.

Matthew MacNish said...

Damn, Mike. So awesome! The shading is amazing.

Alyson Burdette said...

Nice drawing! :)

laughingwolf said...

nice job, mike :)

Charlie Holmberg said...

That is an impressive drawing!

Helena said...

You're definitely a talented artist -- and for me Andy looks kinda vulnerable. Were you going for that? Oh, and it snowed here in Denver too, or at least an icy mixture of sleet and freeze.

My blog is so small I don't know if being part of your tour would help, but of course I plan to read and review Oculus on it. Will that be good?

M Pax said...

It's been snowy here in Central Oregon, too. I wish I had your talent for drawing. that's really, really good.

Affordable help? I'll have to look into that in the future.

Janet Johnson said...

Wow! That is impressive! I wish I could draw, but alas, not a talent of mine. No snow here, but my parents (also in Utah) said they got a foot of snow. Crazy!

Good to know about the affordable help. :)

Stephen Tremp said...

You're multi talented! I wish I would have kept up on my artwork over the years. Good luck with Occulus!

Liz said...

It starts to snow in November? I'll file that one away.

Nice drawing. So jealous of those that can draw.

Rusty Webb said...

Fantastic! Great job on the details and shading. I saw the cover but I missed the reveal. Congrats!

lbdiamond said...

A writer and a drawer--NICE!

Michael Offutt, Speculative Fiction Author said...

@Helena: Thanks, Helena. I don't think a blog's size matters. Do book tours sell books? Probably no. But they do increase the online footprint. And I think that's what we authors want to keep in focus when planning one. Make as big a footprint as possible.

Leigh Covington said...

WOW! Not only are you a writer, but an artist too! That is a very impressive drawing! And if you need someone else for your blog tour, let me know! I'd love to be part of it. Would have volunteered earlier, but as you know... I've been MIA :D

Shay Lacy said...

You're a talented illustrator. And a smart author to hire a publicist.

Clarissa Draper said...

Wow, you are really good. I wish I could draw my characters.

Ellie Garratt said...

How I wish I could draw like you. Stunning drawing.

I shall keep an eye out for an email from Roxanne.

Lisa said...

You are talented Michael. I have placed order for one Slipstream paperback from Amazon to be shipped to MALAYSIA :) I am not able to purchase Oculus from the options available, we'll wait for the hardcopy :)

All the best and success on the book tour and the book.

Cally Jackson said...

You're so talented. I suck at drawing. Like, really suck!

Please give Roxanne my details too - I'd love to be part of your tour.

Michelle Davidson Argyle said...

You're good!

Southpaw said...

Wonderful job on the illustration!

Morgan said...

Holy talent! Wow... Michael, you've got skills...

Callie Leuck said...

Great picture, Michael!

Hm...why does my mind jump straight into the gutter when you say "interesting things happen"?

I gotta get Oculus onto my eReader stat. Need some scifi for the Thanksgiving-trip-home flights. Woo!