Hanging out at a bookstore yesterday with friends I happened to spot the book “Making Stuff and Doing Things: DIY guides to just about everything!” edited by Kyle Bravo https://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/books/1400
This book is now in it’s 4th edition and there’s one chapter by me titled “Why Make A Zine or Artist Book?”.
Back in 2003, if I remember correctly, my work was included in the first edition. Rereading my work now in the new 4th edition I’m still proud and honored to be included! It really is a useful-in-creative-life book – I’m not just talking about my own chapter.
Here’s a teaser hint of some of the book contents in addition to mine.
And here’s a teaser page spread from my chapter within this useful book:
Sharp readers of my blog will probably notice that I’ve used one of the book-stitching techniques I mentioned in “Making Stuff…” on my current project “Time Tavern” (here’s a link to some Time Tavern posts; stitching the book here and more progress here.)
And here’s a panoramic photo of me along with Sweetie and one of our friends (the 4th friend was taking the photo) outside the bookstore Annie Bloom’s Books in Portland Oregon. http://www.annieblooms.com/
Yesterday my sweetie and I were having a quiet morning reading our local Sunday newspaper – The Columbian – and having coffee with breakfast. Suddenly Sweetie made a pleased and surprised noise “Look!” she said passing the Life newspaper section. And there it was my book “Dogs by Sue Clancy” listed in the “local author” list!
Of course our Sunday morning wasn’t so quiet after that – with me happy-dancing about the dining room, the dog barking, the cat running for cover… It was a good feeling. My desire to make more books has been cemented! There’s nothing more happy-making than having community support for my artistic efforts and to see active support for the creative efforts of other artist/authors too! Seeing such support encourages my creativity!!! Thanks everyone!!!!
Recently I posted a video of me un-boxing proof copies of “Dogs by Sue Clancy” https://sueclancy.com/2017/01/15/dogs-unboxed/ Overall I’m very pleased with the books printing, the binding and the way BookBaby https://www.bookbaby.com/ has done things. I’d used BookBaby to do my previous eBooks – so they weren’t un-known to me, and I knew they’d be good to work with. They are. And their book distribution system is worldwide…
Even so, in looking at my proof copies I realized there was a graphic-designer (me) error. The first page that you see upon opening the book is blank. Then you open it and on the left is the title page. The page to the right has the book info.
Not BookBaby’s fault at all. Totally mine. Some days are just like that.
But everything else other than the odd page order at the front is beautiful. So I showed copies of the book to my gallery owners – all are thrilled. (Whew!) And one said she loves the blank page at the front as she’ll be able to put a sticker/card with additional info right there. “Great sales tool!” she added about the book in general.
Since the galleries are happy I’ve decided the pages in the book “Dogs…” are staying as they are. I’ll just do better pagination for the next book.
In case you were wondering why I decided to do my newest book in such a mass-produced way in the first place. (This book is going to be available where ever books are sold in the world. Yes by Amazon.com…and also at independent bookstores) I decided to do it like this because I have fans and art collectors all over the world and Bookbaby’s distribution system for eBooks has been fantabulous – so I’m trusting that the same is true for the print books too!
The idea is that my gallery owners will be able to tell their clients – wherever in the world they are located – that “something new by Sue” is available via a familiar online source or even a bookstore near them. This book is also intended to help the galleries sell the very personal service I provide – creating a visual story that reflects the life of a person and their dog.
Beyond the fine art gallery scene I think of the book as a small attempt to share my “art as good mental health therapy” concept with people who may not know my artwork but may chance upon my book somehow. Maybe they’ll laugh and have a better day.
The original artwork at the gallery gets framed like this:
The book has a stiff cover and 26 pages and when closed is 8.5 x 11 inches. Just the size for a coffee table. More info about the book “Dogs by Sue Clancy” is available here https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Dogs-By-Sue-Clancy or via Amazon…
As you know from previous blog posts I was intending to publish another ebook of my recent sketchbook pages oriented around the saying “Stay close to anything that makes you glad to be alive”. I was even going to call it my “Glad to be Alive” sketchbook. It was going to have scenery, people, food/drink, books, games and dogs… you know, pages like this:
Yeah, well that sketchbook publication ain’t happening.
The short explanation is “technical difficulties”. The longer explanation is much much longer. So never mind. For now.
I still want to do the book. And I’ll still be posting pages from it here on the blog – and on my sketchbooks webpage https://sueclancy.com/sketchbooks/. The mountain of technical difficulties will have to be conquered first before ebook publication and that’ll take some time. Because you know, fine art commissions and exhibits and only having 24 hours in a day.
In the mean-time tho there are my dogs! I’ve been half-working in spare moments towards the dream of a printed book – an artist book – of my dog drawings/portraits. I thought that project was a year or so out. It was a distant dream. Or so I thought. But it turns out that this dog-art-book project may be more do-able – with fewer technical issues. The creative life’s funny like that. Always throwing curve-balls. So I’m going to concentrate on a dog-book!
I’ll focus it around “pleasant things”, like I would have done the “Glad to be Alive” sketchbook… because dogs are very pleasant – and as characters dogs can be creatively combined with the various things I’ve enjoyed and sketched in my sketchbook. And dogs certainly make me glad to be alive!
I’d have pages like this:
So… to publish my dog portraits as a print book?! Dogs in Art!! Animals in art !!! That’s my genre baby!!!
Oh yes, to cook supper tonight.
I have an ancient Sufi saying posted on my studio wall “Stay close to anything that makes you glad to be alive”. So when I go sketching I’m looking for things in the world that catch my eye, gives me an artistic thought or two – and yes, makes me glad to be alive.
Which dovetails nicely with the Thanksgiving season. I’m glad to be alive and to be able to be an artist – and thankful for living in the Pacific Northwest surrounded by so much natural beauty and so many artistically inspiring places, people, dogs, cats and things… food and drink too…
So I’m flirting with thoughts of publishing my sketchbook as an ebook/artist book. Here are two of the potential pages about a place I hiked called “Hamilton Mountain”.
What do you think? To publish or not to publish. That is the question to take up after the holiday.
Sue Clancy’s sketch on Hamilton Mountain (pen, ink and watercolor)
I was contacted about a week ago by a magazine located in the U.K called Creative Digest – http://www.creativedigest.co.uk/ – they wanted to do a profile about me and my artwork! They sent me a bunch of questions, and requested art images… it went back and forth…. and now the magazine profile is out!
They titled the profile “Charming animal illustrations by Sue Clancy” – how nice is that? This is one of my artworks they chose to feature on the front page. Going to go happy dance! I’ll look forward to hearing your thoughts….
Tomorrow I’ll be installing my “Verrry Big Project” so while I’m getting ready to deliver the art I’m thinking about my next sketchbook publishing action. I want to publish my Oregon Coast Sketchbook (some sample pages are in this post and elsewhere on my blog) – but shall I do it as a printed book? an ebook? or both?
I’ve heard that some people have enjoyed my sketchbook that I published as an ebook titled “Coffee Table Book” (link here: https://store.bookbaby.com/book/coffee-table-book) but that had recipes and fine art along with my sketchbook pages – so perhaps that made it interesting to folks?
My Oregon Coast Sketchbook is a travelogue, memoir and culture-study done in (duh!) a sketchbook form. Would you want to look at my Oregon Coast Sketchbook as a printed book or an ebook? If it was printed only in black-and white ’cause that’s what I can afford – what would you think of that?
Obviously I’m going to be busy the next few days with the “Verry Big Project” – but I will look forward to seeing your thoughts when I get back. And thanks in advance!
Here are some random non-sequential pages from my Oregon Coast Sketchbook:
Some artwork of mine is being published in the magazine Thought Notebook – published by Thought Collection Publishing – in the June issue 4 that will come out June 1st. You can find more information via these links:
You can get the magazine in either print or digital after June 1st:
And there are these links too – for any other artists and writers who want to submit their work in the future: