Monthly Archive for May, 2006

The Commuters

Author Cheryl Klein will read from her newly published novel The Commuters, 7:30 this evening at Skylight Books (1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz) in Los Angeles. I completed the above cover design for the book (shown here in full wraparound, front cover illustration by Cheryl) in February of this year and have not yet seen the printed copy, so it will be exciting to see it tonight! Cheryl is quite the wordsmith and very dedicated to her craft. Just as her first novel The Commuters was in the process of being published, she finished up another one and I believe she may now be working on a third! Visit her blog Bread and Bread for well turned musings on the mundane.

My Card, Finished

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Front…               …and back.

My Card . . .


A new business card design, possibly still in progress, based on Murray. I blocked out the phone number to protect the innocent. Check out the pinstripes on the left. They remind me of those old Pee-Chee folders. Remember?

NY State of Mind


And here’s another doodle from Thursday that got put through the ringer.

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Two Turds


A doodle from Thursday, which I then took into Photoshop and did some color experimenting with. For a long time, I have toiled away at trying to eliminate white pixels from scanned line drawings, so that color layers will show through. I’ve used the wand tool, but with limited success. There would still be those maddening little grey pixels sticking to the lines. Thank goodness, a guy named Guillermo finally tipped me off to an easier technique, and I’m going to share it here with anyone who is interested. All you have to do is set your line art’s layer to “Multiply” and create your color layers beneath that. Voila! Guillermo also gave me some tips on tweeking brush settings to get more out of my Wacom tablet, which I’m also experimenting with here. Still needs some work, though. Anyway, please try to enjoy the ugliness.

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Post-it Doodles, Plus

More doodles from the desk of Lee-Roy. Click image for larger size.


New Cali Headers

I took down a few of the header images I was growing a little tired of and added a few new ones. These are from photos Jamie and I took on a recent trip “up north.” All three of these were shot on the same day. Round, round, get around, I get around, yeah…

It’s Tops Coffee, San Francisco:

The coast south of Carmel:

Henry Miller’s Typewriter at the Henry Miller Library, Big Sur: